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3-year-old with severe burns doing better, couple facing child abuse charges

Diane Nicole’s father and stepmother were charged with felony child abuse in connection with the injuries and are each being held on a million-dollar bond.
Diane Nicole’s father and stepmother were charged with felony child abuse in connection with the injuries and are each being held on a million-dollar bond. WBTV

The 3-year-old Iredell County girl who was severely burned on her legs and feet has been moved from intensive care and is doing better, say friends of the girl’s family.

Diane Nicole’s father and stepmother were charged with felony child abuse in connection with the injuries and are each being held on a million-dollar bond.

WBTV reached out to sources in Iredell County who confirm Diane Nicole is doing better.

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office says the girl’s burns were “consistent with being exposed to extremely hot water.”

“She's alert and talking,” said Melissa Brotherton, a good friend of the biological mother who is acting as a spokesperson for the family. “Her mom and grandmother say she's starting some physical therapy and had some major improvements since this took place.”

So what sent this child to the pediatric ICU?

Brotherton said it involved a pot of scalding hot water and the girl was found unconscious with a skull fracture. A neighbor then called 911.

That matches up with what the Iredell County Sheriff's Office said Monday when it charged the girl’s father and stepmother, who were identified as Justin Osborne and Amy Clew, with one count of felony child abuse and three counts of misdemeanor child abuse. Detectives said they saw the burns and there were “other injuries on the child's body that appeared to be from assault.”

The couple, who are in jail, even said the little girl had done it to herself, according to Brotherton.

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