Woman Accused of Burning 3-Year-Old Son With Lighter

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
February 16, 2017 Updated: February 16, 2017

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.