Mom and friend charged in toddler scalding

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police have arrested and charged a Birmingham woman and her boyfriend with child abuse after authorities said the woman's 2-year-old daughter was intentionally scalded with water from the waist down.

Police Sgt. Scott Thurmond said 26-year-old Tony Russell and 24-year-old Antonia Bridges were arrested Tuesday night.

The toddler had surgery at Children's Hospital for burns. She was admitted Feb. 18.

Hospital officials refused to disclose her condition.

Russell claimed the girl was accidentally burned in a bath, but authorities pointed to inconsistencies in that claim.

Russell remained in the Jefferson County Jail on Wednesday, charged with aggravated child abuse.

Bridges, charged with child abuse, was released on bond.

It was not immediately known if they had attorneys.

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