GLEN ROSE – Somervell County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Tasha Shontelle Hatcher, 34, of Glen Rose was arrested at 11:48 p.m. Thursday, March 17 after Hatcher admitted to a neighbor of putting her two-year-old daughter in the family’s oven. Deputies also stated that Hatcher walked to the neighbor’s house for assistance with her daughter’s injuries and it was the neighbor who called the Somervell County Sheriff’s Department.
Hatcher was charged with Injury to a child with serious bodily injury – a first-degree felony – and arraigned Saturday, March 19 with a bond set at $300,000.
The 1st Degree Felony is punishable by five to 99 years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine. According to the newest press release issued by Somervell County Sheriff's Department on Monday morning, Hatcher is still being held in the Somervell County Jail and the joint investigation between the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Rangers, and Child Protective Services is ongoing.
Somervell County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the child was taken by ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth and then transported via air ambulance to Parkland Burn Center in Dallas.
CPS officials confirmed to Fox 4’s Zahid Arab that the child has since been taken from the family’s custody and is being treated for 2nd and 3rd degree burns.
A former co-worker of Hatcher’s said that, as of 6 p.m. Saturday, the child was being sedated, but is believed to be in stable condition.
According to Hatcher’s Facebook, the single mother currently works at Quality Inn and Suites and StoneWater Church in Glen Rose.
Several Somervell County residents have also confirmed that Hatcher has a history of drug abuse and that her son, approximately seven years of age, was previously removed from her custody by Child Protective Services.