Ashley Neal

Ashley Neal

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman is accused of pouring a hot drink on her 10-month-old foster child, causing extensive burns.

News outlets report officers responding to a fast-food restaurant in Winchester on Saturday were initially told that Ashley Neal of Mount Sterling fell and spilled the drink. She told police she didn’t remember what happened.

But authorities say surveillance video shows Neal appearing to intentionally pour the 150-degree (66-degree Celsius) drink on the child’s head, and then seemingly staging the fall before bracing herself.

Winchester Police Capt. James Hall says it’s unknown why Neal may have wanted to harm the child. Hall says she’s charged with first-degree criminal abuse.

Police say Neal was caring for two other foster children and her two biological children. All have been removed from her care. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney who could comment.

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