Mom indicted in scalding of infant twins


by Associated Press

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 11:19 AM

ABILENE, Texas - A woman accused of scalding her twin infants in the bathtub because one of them soiled his diaper was indicted Thursday.

Shanobia Elaine Dilligard, 21, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of injury to a child, a first-degree felony.

The boy and girl, then 8 months old, suffered second- and third-degree burns on their legs and buttocks in March, the Abilene Reporter-News reported in Thursday online editions.

Someone changing the baby girl's diaper noticed burns on her legs and buttocks, and the child was then flown to a Dallas hospital with her brother.

It is not clear if the children's father, stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, was home at the time of the incident.

Dilligard originally told police that she placed her infant son in the bath before checking the temperature, according to documents filed in the case. She said she discovered the water was too hot after putting in her daughter, denying that she was injured.

Doctors examining the boy said his burn patterns did not match the woman's story. Dilligard later told police she put her infant son under running hot water because he had "messed up his diaper," the documents said.

A doctor reported that the twins' injuries appeared to have been inflicted, according to documents.

Child Protective Services has said that the infant girl previously suffered from a fractured femur and two broken ribs.

CPS took custody of the twins and their older sister, then 19 months old, but it's not clear if the children are still in foster care.

A telephone number for Dilligard could not be found. She had not been booked into the Taylor County Jail as of early Thursday evening, according to a jail spokesman.