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Raleigh babysitter charged with burning toddler

Posted May 7, 2015

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— A Raleigh woman is accused of burning a toddler in her care.

De’sha Shantel Crews, 22, of 5339-F Wayne Street, is charged with intentional child abuse serious bodily injury.

Crews is accused of “administering a high level of second-degree burns to the skin with scalding hot water” to a 2-year-old while babysitting the toddler on March 7, according to an arrest warrant.

Crews, who was arrested Tuesday, is scheduled to face a judge on Wednesday. She remained in the Wake County jail under a $250,000 bond.


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  • Erin Brooke Schneider May 8, 2015
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    I believe that anyone who intentionally harms a child should be forced to endure the EXACT SAME THING that they did to the child.
    I could even see an argument for sterilization. ...

  • Kristi Bobbitt Coley May 7, 2015
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    How do we know it was intentional?

  • Mike Wells May 7, 2015
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    Think about this....she baby sat for someone else and allegedly caused damage to a child. I think in disbelieve that this woman can have a child and abuse her own child.

  • Jeff Johnson May 7, 2015
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    If this charge is true, there indeed is a need for mental health care professionals in NC.

  • Teresa Engel May 7, 2015
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    Does she also work at Starbucks? Maybe she's a serial scalder.
    Seriously, I really hope the child recovers fully. There is a special place down below for people that abuse, mistreat, or neglect children, special needs folks, animals and older folks.

  • Lisa Marie Fields May 7, 2015
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    I agree 100% David!

  • Michael Hunt May 7, 2015
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    I just posed that and felt remorse. She was charged. I've got to tell you - we all see how the "system" is corrupt lately. If Wake County Child Protective Services is involved then rest assured that it very well can be questioned. Yes - if she actually did it - let's crucify her But also knowing first hand how CPS operates and people jump to conclusions.. I retract my last comment.

  • Robert Smith May 7, 2015
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    Eye for an eye, only leaves the world blind.

    I am sure, we can be better than her.

    Sorry for the kid. Parents should really be careful while picking babysitters.

  • Tim Kelly May 7, 2015
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    David Collins, I was thinking the exact same thing before I read your comment. And to second Wayne Boyd, AMEN BROTHER!

  • Wayne Boyd May 7, 2015
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    Amen David pour hot water on her. Evidently this girl has never been burned.