Wisconsin mother charged after 2-year-old daughter dies due to scalding bathwater

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee mother is charged in the scalding death of her 2-year-old daughter, who had recently been returned to her by child protection services.

Lisa Simmons (Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office)

A criminal complaint says 41-year-old Lisa Simmons placed the toddler in scalding bathwater. An autopsy found Zayanna Simmons died of thermal burn injuries.

The mother is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and child neglect resulting in death

Simmons told prosecutors she first noticed her daughter's burns Thursday, but was afraid to take her to the hospital because she had an open case with the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services. The Journal Sentinel reports paramedics found Zayanna dead Sunday, after Simmons called 911.

Zayanna was returned to Simmons' care in May.

It isn't clear if Simmons has an attorney who can speak on her behalf.

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