February 13, 2012

Couple Jailed After Little Girl's Hand Becomes Severely Deformed Because Of Untreated Burns

Fort Lauderdale, FL (The Weekly Vice) - Irma Mustamu, 22, and Kenneth Chavelier, 29 were jailed Tuesday after they allegedly denied medical treatment for their daughter, whose hand had become severely deformed by burns.

According to police, officers were dispatched to the Crossland Economy Studios motel Tuesday after receiving a report that a child was being tortured.

Officers and a CPS investigator arrived at the motel to find a young girl whose hand had been wrapped in bandages. When investigators removed the bandages, they found the girl's hand severely burned and deformed. The burns reportedly caused the girl to lose one finger and two more partial fingers.

The couple told police that their daughter was injured by hot soup while the couple was living in Maine. Fearing that the girl would be taken away from them, the couple fled the state and moved to Florida.

Chavalier told detectives that he looked up various burn treatment instructions on the Internet. Detectives obtained the girl's medical records which indicated that the she had never been taken to a doctor or hospital to have the burns treated.

Mustamu and Chavelier were booked into jail and charged with neglect of a child causing great harm. They continue to be held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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