Police: Iowa mom put infant’s hand in mug to prove coffee was hot

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Council Bluffs woman placed one of her 10-month-old son’s hands in a mug of coffee to prove to him that the coffee was hot.

Police say 36-year-old Rebecca Brahier is charged with willful injury and child endangerment. Jail records say she remained in custody Monday. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.

Police say Brahier was arrested Saturday after Jennie Edmundson Hospital officials reported their suspicions about the little boy’s hand and forearm injuries. Investigators were told the child tried to touch Brahier’s hot coffee several times before she placed one of his hands in the mug.

The child was taken to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for further treatment.

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