CHAMBERLAIN-A Chamberlain woman has been indicted for the abuse of a baby who was reportedly airlifted to a Minneapolis hospital for an infected burn in April.
Charges against 20-year-old Blake Sazue were filed last Thursday, more than a month after Warren Dion, also 20 and of Chamberlain, was arrested in connection with the same incident.
According to court documents, Sazue brought her then-6-month-old son to a Chamberlain emergency room at about 1 a.m. on April 21.
Medical staff contacted law enforcement about the child, who reportedly had a severe burn on his left foot and several inches up his leg that had become infected under a medical wrap.
Sazue reportedly told law enforcement that when she had come home from work, Dion told her there had been an accident while he was giving the child a bath. She allegedly first said this took place on April 15, then said it was on April 18.
Sazue allegedly also said she had not seen the burn in the days prior and that Dion had been the one who changed the bandages. Dion later reportedly said Sazue had seen the baby's injury.
Dion told law enforcement he had noticed skin starting to come off the child's foot when he was giving him a bath. The officer who filed a report after Dion's arrest said he believed the burn was a result of the foot being put in boiling water, not warm bath water.
Emergency room staff reportedly had to cut the bandage off the baby's infected foot and noted that he "looked and smelled like he hadn't been bathed in over a week."
Sazue is charged with abuse or cruelty to a minor less than seven years of age. Dion is charged with aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. He is charged in the alternative with two counts of child abuse, meaning that he can only be convicted of a maximum of the two charges against him, not all four.
All charges against both Sazue and Dion are Class 3 felonies. If convicted, Sazue could spend up to 15 years in prison, while Dion faces up to 30 years.