Mother Indicted For Felony Child Abuse

A 28 year-old mother has been named in a True Bill of Indictment by a Johnston County Grand Jury.

Khristina Marie Gaylor of Coats was indicted this month by a Grand Jury sitting in Smithfield for felony negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

On November 9, 2018, Smithfield Police responded to a report of baby severely burned by bathwater in a room at the Village Motor Lodge on Mallard Road.  Police said the baby girl suffered severe burns from the neck down in the hot bathwater.  The baby was rushed to the Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for treatment.

Gaylor was arrested in February 2019 on child abuse charges. The Grand Jury indictment was handed down on April 1, 2019.

According to the indictment, “The defendant’s act and negligent omission showed a reckless disregard for human life.”

The Department of Social Services is involved in the case.  Officials did not release any details on who currently has custody of the baby.