Investigators on the western slope arrested a woman on Monday in Clifton on suspicion of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, investigators said.
Dianeth Pittman, 39, is accused of repeatedly throwing a young girl to the ground and into a wall. The child's name and age were redacted in the arrest affidavit read by 7NEWS.
Pittman admitted to investigators that she tripped the child out of anger, causing her to hit her face on the corner of a counter, according to the arrest affidavit.
The child got a black eye.
The child told police Pittman had tripped her, slammed her to the floor, jerked her up by the arms and slammed her face against the wall multiple times, the affidavit said.
Pittman also branded the child with a hot knife in the abdomen and told her if she didn't behave and if she told anyone, she would be burned again, the affidavit said.
A doctor told investigators the child's injuries showed she was at substantial risk of death and substantial risk of permanent disfigurement, the affidavit said.
The doctor said in addition to the black eye, the child had injuries and swelling on her head that were covered by her hair.
"In my 24 years in law enforcement, I've never seen this [severe] abuse of a child," said Sgt. Henry Stoffel with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
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