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Woman charged with scalding child with hot water at Belleville day care

A Belleville woman has been charged with scalding a child with hot water at a day care center.

Shiquetta Williams, 36, has been charged with reckless conduct causing great bodily harm. She allegedly scalded the child Monday at Kolor Wheel Child Care on North Belt West. According to the charging documents, Williams "caused hot water to come into contact" with the lower torso and upper leg areas of a child just a few days short of her second birthday.

The child has been transferred to an out-of-state hospital for treatment of the burns, according to a social media post by the Belleville Police Department.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was investigating, and stated that the home-based day care has voluntarily ceased operations.

The charge is a Class 4 felony, and Williams’ bail was set at $500,000.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald