On Tuesday I posted to Daily Weekly about the case of Jennifer Mothershead, the Buckley mom charged with first-degree assault of a child stemming from a yearlong investigation in which the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office has concluded she intentionally and repeatedly put bleach in her 14-month-old daughter's eyes - leading to permanent vision lost in one of the eyes.
Back on May 12, 2011 Mothershead's then-14-month-old daughter, identified in charging documents as K.M., was airlifted to Harborview with serious injuries to her head, believed to be the result of child abuse. This kicked off the investigation.
Mothershead's daughter was also suffering from an eye infection, and investigators eventually determined that the eye drops Mothershead was using to treat the eye infection, submitted to an FDA Forensic Chemistry Center, contained bleach - leading to the charges filed this week.
The story inspired commenter Carla Thomas to weigh in:
This news story suggests that the child's prescription eyedrops have been replaced with bleach. Perhaps a number of people have had access to the eyedrops. Although it's tempting to assume the defendant is guilty-as-charged when circumstances suggest it, I think it's presumptuous to blame KM's mother based on current news coverage. It's even possibly the work of a stranger - remember the cyanide laced Tylenol?
Frankly, I hope the child's father was thoroughly investigated before his daughter was handed over to him.