Woman Accused of Burning Stepdaughter With Cigarette Lighters

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    A woman is in jail after she allegedly burned her stepdaughter with cigarette lighters and even broke her arm.

    Police say Maria Torre, 28, of the 1700 block of South Hall Street, physically abused her 7-year-old stepdaughter over a three month period. During the abuse, Torre allegedly burned the girl with a cigarette lighter several times.

    Torre is also accused of punching the girl in the face and twisting the girl’s arm so hard that it broke. Police say Torre told other people the girl had fallen down the stairs when they questioned her about the girl’s arm, according to the Morning Call. The Morning Call also reports that a Lehigh Valley pediatrician evaluated the girl and determined that the burns will leave permanent scars.

    After interviewing the girl on Thursday, police arrested Torre on Friday, according to the Morning Call. Torre is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault. She was committed to the Lehigh County Prison after failing to post $250,000 bail.