Clifton woman allegedly beat, burned child

Dianeth Pittman

Mesa County sheriff’s deputies arrested Clifton resident Dianeth Pittman, 39, on Monday on suspicion that she gave a child a black eye.

Pittman, who lives at 463 Topaz Drive, Unit B, originally told deputies the black eye was caused by a 4-year-old the child had been playing with May 1. Pittman said the child hit the victim with a Barbie play barbecue pit, according to an arrest affidavit.

On Thursday, Pittman told deputies she caused the injuries, not another child. Pittman said she tripped the girl out of anger after arguing with her husband over the phone. The trip caused the child to fall forward and hit her face and head on the corner of a kitchen counter, Pittman told investigators.

On Friday, the Sheriff’s Department learned the child told someone Pittman tripped her and also slammed her to the floor, jerked her up by the arms and slammed her face against a wall several times.

The girl also told the person that Pittman burned the child’s abdomen with a heated knife on two occasions before the May incident.

A doctor who saw the child on May 3 met with a sheriff’s deputy Thursday and signed a serious bodily injury form. The doctor marked on the form that the child’s injuries put her at substantial risk of death or permanent disfigurement. The doctor said it appeared the child received blunt force trauma to the top of her head.

Mesa County Coroner Dean Havlik signed a separate serious bodily injury form based on photos of the child’s abdominal scar.

The coroner said the scar indicated the girl had received a second- or third-degree burn.

Sgt. Henry Stoffel of the Sheriff’s Department’s Complex Crimes Unit said in a news release that the child’s abuse case is the most severe example he’s seen in 24 years of law enforcement.

Pittman was booked Monday into Mesa County Jail on two counts of suspected child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.


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