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Foster Mom Accused of Using Bleach on Child Pleads Not Guilty

The South City woman has pleaded not guilty to charges related to this 2010 incident.

Patricia Ann Moore, 68, of South San Francisco, has pled not guilty to charges of cruelty and injury inflicted on a child after burns that appeared to be from bleach were found on her 20-month-old foster child's buttocks in 2010.

When the defendant's daughter took the child to Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco, doctors found second and third degree burns and also an imprinted waffle pattern on the skin that seemed to match a diaper.

According to the district attorney, Moore stated that the child had a defacation problem, so she bathed the child in 12 inches of water and half a cap-full of bleach. But Police later found in the trash a bleach-soaked diaper.

In early October, the San Mateo County Criminal Grand Jury returned an indictment for two felony charges of willful cruelty to a child and infliction of injury on a child.

The case is set for jury trial Feb. 25, 2013. The defendant is out of custody on $50,000 bail.

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