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Caregiver arrested for burning child with hot pot

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 22-103


Sunday June 26, 2022 8:00 AM


Sun City Center, FL
Caregiver arrested for burning child with hot pot

A Sun City Center woman is facing charges after burning a child as a form of discipline. Jennifer Posey, 29, was arrested on Tuesday, July 19, by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

On June 26, Posey was responsible for supervising a 10-year-old and two additional juveniles. After making the victim instant ramen on the stovetop, the victim was playing with one of the other juveniles, pretending to spill a bowl of hot ramen on her. In an attempt to teach the child a lesson, Posey took a hot pot, which had been used to heat the ramen approximately two minutes prior, and pressed it against the victim's arm. The victim suffered an approximately four-inch burn. 

Posey admitted to the offense to HCSO detectives and was arrested on a charge of Aggravated Child Abuse. 

"Children will be children, but an adult should know better than to use such great physical punishment to try to correct their bad behavior. This suspect's actions were intentional, unacceptable, and she will now face the consequences for inflicting unnecessary pain on a helpless child," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.