Police: Mother caused 2nd-degree burns to toddler’s face


A York County woman is accused of causing second-degree burns to her 16-month-old daughter by forcing the girl’s face into hot bath water, according to charging documents filed by state police.

Brandy M. Gentzler, 22, of Seven Valleys, is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and simple assault.

Gentzler took her daughter to a hospital on January 1 and the girl was then flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital. The girl also had a bite mark on her left wrist, and a nurse at the Allentown hospital reported that the child had healed fractures to a rib, her right elbow, and her collarbone, the complaint states.

Gentzler admitted to police in an interview that she had been rough with her daughter. She said she once squeezed the girl while holding her because she wouldn’t stop crying.

Gentzler additionally admitted that she bit her daughter’s wrist because the toddler had bit her finger, and she wanted to teach the girl that biting hurts, according to the complaint.

The burn injuries occurred at a Dallastown home on December 31. 

Gentzler told police her daughter was screaming in the bathtub because she hates the feel of water. She said she held the girl under the faucet four or five times and said, “Please shut up. Are you going to shut up yet?”

According to the complaint, Gentzler removed her daughter from the water when she realized the girl’s face was turning red and Gentzler could not stand the hot water anymore. Gentzler said she then held her daughter to her chest, and when she pulled the girl’s face back, there was a piece of skin from her face on her sweatshirt.

Gentzler was placed in York County Prison on $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 26.

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