Police: Mother held 16-month-old daughter under hot water to get her to stop crying

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A 22-year-old Pennsylvania woman is accused of causing second-degree burns to her 16-month-old daughter by forcing the girl's face into hot bath water, court documents say. 

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

WHTM reports Gentzler took her daughter to a hospital last month. Along with the burns, the girl also had a bite mark on her left wrist, and a nurse reported that the child had healed fractures to a rib, her right elbow and her collarbone, a criminal 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. She also said she bit her daughter's wrist because the toddler had bit her finger, and she wanted to teach the girl that biting hurts.

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. She 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 held $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for February 26.