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Woman accused of burning baby with lighter and treadmill

Amber Vannatter, 20, is charged with several different felony counts of Battery and Neglect of a Dependent.
Credit: Delaware County Sheriff's Department
Amber N. Vannatter

MUNCIE, Ind. — A Fort Wayne woman is charged in a disturbing case of abuse in Muncie where an infant suffered broken bones and burns.

According to court documents, Amber Vannatter, 20, had been watching the baby and brought her to the mother at her work saying the infant was bleeding from her mouth.

The mother rushed the child to the hospital where police were called to investigate for abuse.

Officers said Vannatter told them she was depressed after an argument with her boyfriend and the baby woke up. Vannatter said she plugged in the treadmill at the house, turned it on and then held the baby's face against the moving belt. She then told police she also burned the baby on her arms and neck using a lighter. She told police she put the baby up on a table and while the infant was writhing in pain, fell to the ground hurting her mouth.

Vannatter also admitted burning the baby on two different occasions. She is charged with several different felony counts of Battery and Neglect of a Dependent.