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Fayetteville mom charged with burning child with iron

Posted June 1, 2009

— Cumberland County sheriff's officials arrested a Fayetteville mother on Saturday and charged her with burning her 11-year-old daughter with an iron.

Nia Michelle Brooks, 33, of 113-D Vineland Drive, was placed in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

Investigators say Brooks burned her daughter with a hot iron on both her arms, the top left thigh and on her right leg near the kneecap. The child said it happened because she wasn’t ironing her Easter dress the way her mother wanted.

The child is mildly retarded, has no field of vision in her right eye and only 30 percent field of vision in her left eye, according to sheriff's officials.

A teacher reported the injuries after seeing scars on the girl's arm when she rolled up her sleeves while playing outside at school. The girl wore a coat to school with temperatures in the 80- to 90-degree range to hide her injuries, officials said.

The Cumberland County Department of Social Services investigated the teacher’s concerns of abuse. The case was turned over to sheriff’s detectives who charged Brooks with maiming, aggravated assault on a handicapped person, felony child abuse and assault inflicting serious injury.

Brooks was scheduled to make a first court appearance on those charges in a District Courtroom on Monday.

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  • kal Jun 1, 7:15 p.m.

    Dang-what is she going to do with the extra $800 (about) she get for having a daughter with a disability? That's the first thing my parents worry about along with any other monies they feel they are entilted to. Seriously though-I hope the young girl is in a safe environment where she is loved and the mother faces a long time in jail and a longer time away from her daughter

  • lorivalentine1 Jun 1, 7:04 p.m.

    Unbelievable.. not sure how any woman who calls herself a mother can do this to this poor child.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 1, 5:40 p.m.

    I bet if this woman just touched an iron for a split second she'd feel awfully stupid. I know I have just grazed an Iron that was OFF and I thought I'd burn a hole in my arm. Perhaps it's the mother with the problems. the poor girl knew enough to wear a jacket to cover her wounds so her mother didnt get in trouble. that's sad.

  • jcrocker60 Jun 1, 5:25 p.m.

    Cycle of abuse. I don't agree with this as an excuse for anyone to do something this horrible. She knew better. My daughter and her husband already had three children, now they have taken in a 4 & 5 yr. old brother & sister. They have had them a year now. They came from an abused home and were so skiddish and jumpy. Now, they act like normal, healthy kids. With any luck, they will be able to adopt them soon.

  • DeannaU Jun 1, 5:01 p.m.

    I agree with everyone else on here...I declare I wish we had an "eye for an eye" system here. It certainly would stop all of this child abuse that takes on in this country. Try picking on someone your own size, woman! I bet you wouldn't last five minutes in a room with someone like yourself!

  • mandy picketts Jun 1, 4:38 p.m.

    I wish it were eye for an eye..... people would shape up around here, good grief!

  • MizzZeta Jun 1, 4:23 p.m.

    Great information, Jannita! Thanks for posting. I've often considered being a foster parent but I'm a single person and don't know if I would qualify.

  • jannita Jun 1, 3:34 p.m.

    Several of you have commented that you would take her. Here is information about becoming a foster parent. Put your actions where your comments are-make a call today, and then post about it! Get involved-this child, while the case is sensational, is one of over 24,000 like it (abuse & neglect) every year in NC, 428 in Durham County alone! http://www.co.durham.nc.us/departments/dssv/Family_Support/Foster_Care.html and on that website, there is a brochure that explains how to become a foster parent. http://www.co.durham.nc.us/departments/dssv/Documents/CPSSbrochure.pdf The number for the contact person at Durham County DSS is 560-8092. You just have to call and say that you are interested in becoming a foster parent. Or say you are interested in talking to someone about learning more about becoming a foster parent. Like anything else worthwhile, it is hard work, but it is worth it! The kids are wonderful, and you can connect with the bio parents & help them on their journeys as well.

  • tarheelalum Jun 1, 3:12 p.m.

    Preparing for Easter Religious Services no doubt...unfortunate this Christian had to take the usual hypocrisy ever farther than most.

  • MizzZeta Jun 1, 3:05 p.m.

    This breaks my heart. Makes we wonder if the child was born with the those disabilities or if they "happened" to her. What's going to happen to her (the child)?

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