ANDALUSIA, Ala.—A Covington County woman is accused of burning her 3-year-old son with a cigarette lighter.
WSFA-TV reports that court documents show 25-year-old Whitney Leigh Stanley of Andalusia is charged with torture or willful abuse in connection with the June incident.
Documents say the child’s grandfather took the boy to a doctor who confirmed the marks were burns. The doctor then contacted the Child Advocacy Center and set up an interview.
The child told investigators his mother burned him with a lighter on his back at her home.
A grand jury returned an indictment for willful abuse of a child in November. Stanley was taken into custody on Monday.
Prosecutor Grace Jeter says Stanley’s arraignment is set for March 8. It’s unclear if she has an attorney.