JEFFERSONVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Jeffersonville Police Department issued an arrest warrant on Friday for 22-year-old Iman Joyner. The charge is for battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a person less than fourteen years of age.
"Miss Joyner has a 3-year-old daughter who is developmentally disabled,” Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said. “While that daughter was at preschool the staff noticed she had what would appear to be a dime-sized burn mark on her cheek."
According to the probable cause affidavit, the injuries to the 3-year-old were noticed over a 15-day period in April, 2014 by the preschool staff. Not only did the child have the burn on her cheek, but the staff also noticed burns on her thighs.
The Jeffersonville Police Department was called, as well as the Department of Child Services and on May 1, 2014 a full investigation began. Jeffersonville police detectives interviewed Joyner twice. The first time, on May 16, 2014 she said her daughter suffered the burn on her inner thigh from a hot burrito. According to Joyner, the child had eaten the burrito without Joyner being present. She also said the child received the burn on her face from placing a hot spoon there after it had sat on the stove.
In the probable cause affidavit, Detective Isaac Parker of the Jeffersonville Police Department said, “Due to the spoon being all metal, and [the victim] not suffering any hand injuries, I believed the statements provided were inconsistent with the evidence.”
On May 30, 2014 Joyner returned to the Jeffersonville Police Department for another interview.
“It was learned that Miss Joyner had been burning the child with a lighter which had, in fact, caused these injuries to the child,” Mull said. "Ultimately it was revealed that Miss Joyner had decided just to burn the child with the lighter to see what the child would do.”
The case becomes even more complex when learning more about the 3-year-old. According to the affidavit she is “developmentally delayed,” and Mull said she doesn’t talk.
"In this particular case the child has difficulty speaking so it was a situation where the child was incurring injuries but wasn't able to tell anyone what was happening," he shared. “It was an absolutely heinous situation with the child incurring these burns and not being able to tell anybody."
The level of offense against Joyner is a Class B felony, which if convicted carries a penalty of six to 20 years in prison.