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Mother Arrested for Burning Toddler
BATH (WENY) -- A Bath neighborhood is shaken after a mother was accused of giving her toddler third degree burns- once with a lit cigarette.
Michelle Campbell is charged with two counts of Assault, 2nd degree, both class D felonies, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class “A” misdemeanor.
"In a separate instance, [she held] the child's arm onto the inside of a hot oven," said Senior Investigator Curt Eaton.
No one can say for sure what was happening behind closed doors, but neighbors say Michelle Campbell lived on East William street for a few months with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Stephen Hoose before they were evicted. That's where the alleged abuse was taking place.
"People have arguments, you hear that kind of thing coming through the walls, but not anything that I would have assumed was going on," said neighbor, Aaron Champaign.
In a community where neighborhood Watch signs are posted all over, friends are wondering who's responsible for assuring security inside those four walls. A family friend who chose to remain anonymous said a friend of Campbell tipped off the Steuben County Child Protective Unit.
"In my eyes I feel like it could have been prevented," said the friend. "CPS needs to be much stricter and do much more of a complete investigation when they get the first call and not just let it go."
WENY reached out to CPS for comment, they did not return our calls.
"My main focus right now is that the baby will get better and be somewhere where he will get the love and the attention and care that he needs," said the friend.
Campbell was arraigned in the Village of Bath court and is behind bars in the Steuben County jail. Hoose was released on his own recognizance. Both Hoose and Campbell are scheduled to appear in the village of Bath court on June 16.