Judge finds evidence of child cruelty after toddler burned - CBS46 News

Judge finds evidence of child cruelty after toddler burned

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CLERMONT, GA (CBS46) -

A judge found probable cause Friday to send three women to trial after a toddler suffered second and third-degree burns.

Damon Gaddis, 18 months old, was burned in June from mid-stomach to his ankles. Authorities believed the burns happened at the daycare, Discovering Basics, in Clermont in Hall County.

Angela Miller, an investigator with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, testified Friday she believes Damon was burned while under the care of daycare worker Eddye Pittmon the morning of June 13.

She said possible sources could have been a slow cooker found in the daycare room or very hot tap water.

Miller further testified the child was forced to stay at the daycare another eight hours without the daycare's director, Tara Miller, seeking medical help.

Minnie "Sue" Dupree, the owner and Miller's mom, is accused of trying to destroy evidence after she discovered employees had taken cell phone pictures of the burn.

However, Pittmon's defense attorney, Troy Millikan, questioned how Miller could be so certain the burns occurred at daycare and not at home.

"You don't know how this child spent that day before he got to the daycare center or that morning, do you?" Millikan said.

Millikan said Damon had shown up to daycare in the past unclean, and at times, lice-infested.

Miller said photos taken earlier in the day and testimony from three daycare workers makes it obvious the child was uninjured when arriving at Discovering Basics.

All three women are out of jail on bond.

The daycare remains closed.

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