Burned Baby

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The chief of Alabama's Department of Human Resources says state case workers did everything they could to protect a 14-month-old girl burned in an oven by her mother.

Bill Fuller said in a statement released on Sunday that after making "personal inquiries" he has determined that case workers in Elmore County took "all reasonable measures ... to protect this child.''

Twenty-six-year-old Melissa Wright was charged with attempted murder for putting the girl in a hot oven last week.

Before the incident, DHR workers placed her under a "safety order" prohibiting her from being left alone with her children. In fact, Wright had been visited by a caseworker about an hour before the incident. The baby's father, Robert Lynn Smith, rescued the child.

The baby remained in guarded condition Sunday at Children's Hospital in Birmingham with third-degree burns.

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