CHILD released from hospital after being burned in her apartment

Saturday, August 18th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A 2-year-old Tulsa girl will not be going home with her family and Tulsa Police want some answers as to how the toddler got seriously burned at the Vernon Manor apartments in Tulsa.

The News on Six's Heather Brooker says Tulsa Police have not ruling out chemical burns or burns from hot water. But Police do confirm that 2-year-old Adonia Russell was burned on her face, hands, stomach and leg. Police officers searched for clues after a frantic mother dialed 911, claiming her 2 year old child had been burned.

Janetta Morgan says she was asleep when her downstairs neighbor Sarah Russell came to the door. "She come up there beating on the door real hard, saying her brother had burned her baby, calling 911." But Police say they can't rule out what the toddler was burned with, it could have been flame, chemical or hot water.

Tulsa Police Captain Jim Hunter says they're keeping a tight lid on the situation due to the sensitive nature of the case. "We're still sorting through the circumstances of the investigation, she was transported via EMSA to Hillcrest." Morgan says she saw the child's injuries when the mother was waiting for an ambulance, "I seen spots, she was screaming." Morgan also says after emergency crews arrived and took the baby to the hospital, the woman's brother took off.

Police are taking this case very slowly; they're not considering the brother a suspect at this time because they still have more information to gather. But they would like to talk with him. The child was treated and released from the hospital late Friday evening; she is now in DHS custody.