The mother of an 11-month-old baby is facing charges after investigators say she caused the child's death after treating her severe burns with a home remedy.
According to court documents, Habibo Ibrahim told investigators she came downstairs on March 5 and saw her daughter's pajamas were on fire. After putting out the fire, police say she treated the little girl's burns with cocoa butter mixed with powdered acetaminophen.
"I really don't believe she intended to do that," said Lareesa Gee, a neighbor who knows the family. "Coming from a different country sometimes they have to use home remedies because they don't have doctors like we are fortunate to have."
Gee and other neighbors said Ibrahim was often outside playing with her children and appeared to be a loving and caring mom.
Investigators say Ibrahim told them she was afraid to take the baby in for medical care.
Doctors say the child died of liver failure because of the high concentration of drugs in her system, but would have survived the burns if she had gotten proper medical treatment.
Child Protective Services said Ibrahim and her husband have six other children under the age of 6. The older children have been placed with relatives. The youngest, a 2 month old, is in foster care.
"When they came back and got the rest of the kids she was screaming for hours," said Gee. "After the kids were gone she was screaming. It was so sad."
Ibrahim, 27, is charged with reckless injury to a child and injury to a child by omission. She's being held on $35,000 bond.