South San Francisco foster mom faces abuse charges

The South San Francisco foster mom who is accused of soaking a 20-month-old baby’s diaper in bleach two years ago, badly burning the little girl, is set to be arraigned today on two child abuse charges brought last month through a grand jury indictment.

Last year, a child abuse charge against 66-year-old Patricia Ann Moore was thrown out after a judge found there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute her for the Aug. 19, 2010, incident.

Following a preliminary hearing last year, prosecutors said, Judge Richard Livermore declared the incident a tragic accident and not a crime.

Prosecutors disagreed and sought a grand jury indictment — while they don’t believe Moore intended to burn the baby, they say she acted negligently and subsequently lied about what happened.

Moore reportedly brought the baby girl to Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco on Aug. 19 with first- and second-degree burns. She told authorities the baby had a defecation problem and she bathed the child in 12 inches of water and a half-capful of bleach.

But a bleach-soaked diaper reportedly was found at Moore’s home. And on the baby’s buttocks, authorities said, there was a “waffle pattern of a diaper fabric.”

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