January 07, 2009
Fredrick And Sharon Wessel - Arrested After Allowing Child’s Severe Burns To Go Untreated For Nearly Two Weeks
Here's the recording of the neighbor who called in the tip (speakers on)
Indianapolis, Indiana (The Weekly Vice) -- An Indianapolis couple has been arrested after authorities say the pair refused to seek professional medical treatment as their daughter agonized over severe burns for almost two weeks.
Fredrick Wessel, 48 and Sharon Wessel, 35, were arrested Wednesday on felony child neglect charges after a neighbor's tip lead police to the discovery of the child's injuries.
According to investigators, the 11-year-old girl's silk pajamas caught fire Christmas Eve when she leaned against a propane heater that was being used to heat the house. The incident caused multiple 2nd and 3rd-degree burns to the child's legs and buttocks.
Police say the only treatment the girl appeared to have received was dabs of moisturizing cream.
Police became aware of the incident when a concerned neighbor called in a tip describing the the agony the girl appeared to be in. When officers arrived at the couple's 343 Villa Avenue home, they found the child crying, laying face down on the sofa.
"She was covered with what looked like an old white T-shirt," said officer Nicole Bockting. "The T-shirt was stuck to her injuries with dried blood and body fluids."
When the couple was asked why they didn't seek medical help for the child, mention was made that they were afraid they would get in trouble for the manner in which she was burned.
The child was transported to the burn unit at Riley Hospital for Children, where she is now listed in stable condition.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
This will be the only post of the day - as I'm too upset to write much else today. If you haven't really seen a 3rd-degree burn lately, go have a look here and come back. You'll see why my spirit is rather crushed for one evening. TWO FRIGGEN WEEKS this girl suffered with this kind of injury. It's just unfathomable.
We can't release the little girl's name, but we want whatever other family she has to know that this story runs deep at The Weekly Vice. If you have any updates, please let readers here know. I know they'll want to know this girl is being loved and cared for.
Fred and Sharon, there is no pit in hell deep enough or hot enough for the likes of you both. To address you with a comment is like talking to an ashtray. There's no point.
To the neighbor who called in the tip: All we can do is say "thank you." That call ended a torture that no child (or even an animal) should ever be forced to endure.
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