Federal Way woman charged with dumping cleaner on baby's face

Mirror staff reports:

A four-week-old baby suffered burns after laundry detergent was allegedly dumped on her face by a baby-sitter.

Around noon Jan. 10, Federal Way police responded to a 911 call at 29225 Military Road South. Upon entering the apartment of Mabinty Williams, officers saw the baby on a couch, with white powder piled on the baby's face and in her eyes, mouth and ears.

According to charging papers, officers could hear the baby gasping. They began to brush away the powder and saw the baby's eyes were red and swollen. There were apparent chemical burns on the baby's mouth, and a small amount of blood was present. South King Fire and Rescue was called to the scene and treated the baby, who was taken to Seattle Children's Hospital.

Williams was later arrested and charged with second-degree assault of a child. Bail is set at $100,000. Arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

At Williams' apartment, police found a nearly empty 32-ounce jar of Totally Awesome Oxygen Base Cleaner. The detergent had the same type of blue flecks as a substance found on the couch. It appeared the entire container of laundry detergent had been poured on the baby's face. Near the detergent on the couch, police also found a granular substance; about 10 feet away was an empty container of Morton's table salt, according to charging papers.

Williams, who was outside the apartment when officers arrived, told police she was baby-sitting the infant. Williams' husband, Christopher Peters, confirmed that the baby belongs to a friend who dropped her off with Williams around 8 a.m. Jan. 10. Williams called Peters at least 16 times that day over problems she was having with the baby, according to charging papers. Peters had initially come home from work that morning upon Williams' request to help her with the baby. When he returned to the apartment again, police were on the scene.

A neighbor had called 911 after Williams knocked on the neighbor's door and said: "There's someone in my house" and "It's a baby, and it's evil," according to charging papers. The neighbor also reported hearing a baby crying in Williams' apartment.

Williams told detectives that the baby's eyes "went blue," according to charging papers. When asked how the baby got powder all over her face, Williams said, "I didn't do anything."


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