Babysitter arrested after 3-month-old severely burned

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A babysitter is facing charges after a 3-month-old baby showed up at a MetroHealth Medical Center with burns all over her body.

Barbara Wolford, 23, asked Jessica Ratliff, 29 of 2030 W.81st Street to watch one of her three children on Thursday, February 24th. Ratliff came over and picked-up 3-month-old Miala Hill from Wolford's home on Woodbridge Avenue and watched her throughout the day.

Wolford returned home from work around 1PM and called Ratliff to check on Miala. Around 9pm, Ratliff finally called Wolford back and told her she was going to give her own children and Miala a bath at her place.

"The baby left her Thursday with no burns and she came home yesterday with bruises and burns," stated the child's great aunt.

Ratliff then text messaged Wolford around 9:30pm and told her that Miala's skin was peeling off her foot and sent the mother a photo on her cell phone of the baby's lower extremities.

Wolford couldn't make out the photo and said the marks looked like blisters, Ratliff told her it just looked like peeling skin. Then, Wolford thought it could be eczema developing, which her other two children had previously developed until Ratliff said she had just cleaned her bath tub with bleach so it could be a chemical burn.

Ratliff called a nurse MetroHealth and was told just to pout ointment on the areas affected. Later that night, Ratliff called Wolford and told her the same peeling was happening on the other leg too and that she would bring the child back home in the morning, Friday, Feb. 25th.

Friday around 11 a.m., Ratliff returned Miala to Wolford and Wolford noticed the severe burns. She confronted Ratliff said not to make a report the incident because she would get into serious trouble.

Ratliff drove Wolford and Miala to MetroHealth Medical Center, dropped off mother and child then took off.

Miala Hill was admitted to the burn unit for first degree burns to her left wrist and hand, second degree scalp dip burns to both lower legs and feet as well as bruises to the victim's right ear, left forearm and buttock.

Sunday, Hill was listed in stable condition at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Cleveland police were notified to search the area for Jessica Ratliff, she was spotted in a van on 4708 Marcus Drive.

Officers responded to the scene and arrested Ratliff for child endangering and felonious assault , she was taken to the Justice Center and booked.

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