A Stratton woman who allegedly burned her 4-year-old daughter with a wood engraving tool was ordered held in Franklin County Jail on $5,000 cash bail Wednesday.

Jessica Laplante, 39, of 42 Dead River Road in Stratton, was arrested and charged with class C assault after the girl’s father brought her to the family doctor with what looked like burns on her legs.

The child had told her father that Laplante had burned her because she was “being bad,” Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols said in a press release. The couple is divorced, Nichols said.

The Department of Health and Human Services referred the case to Detective Ken Charles, of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, on Tuesday morning.

Charles interviewed the father, who lives in Rangeley, the child and Laplante and found, according to Nichols, that an electric wood engraving tool had been used to burn the child.

As of late Friday afternoon, Laplante remained in Franklin County jail. There may be additional charges brought, pending review by the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office.

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