Mom's Attempt to Kill 5-Year-Old's Lice Lands Her in Jail

Say What!? 436

Shana SuggsLice. They're the last thing you want your kid bringing home from school -- worse than an F on that report card even. So what do you do? Well, take it from an Oklahoma mom who just got arrested for setting her 5-year-old daughter's hair on fire. Don't use gasoline!

Cops say Shana Suggs poured gas on her child's head to kill the creepy crawlies she brought home from school. But then things got scary, and fast!

A space heater nearby caught both Suggs and her daughter on fire. Her live-in boyfriend, Dylan Webster, apparently put the flames out, and after dropping off the four other kids who were at home with relatives, they rushed the little girl to the hospital.

Now the little girl is in CPS custody after a visit to the burn unit, and mom has been arrested and charged with felony child abuse by injury.

Come on now!

If anything, this mom is guilty of being an idiot.

But felony child abuse?

It sounds more like a horrible accident to me. One that happened because of her stupidity, granted, but still, the story laid out by the cops doesn't stink of abuse.

They were dealing with the kid's lice! They rushed her to the hospital!

They didn't leave her to deal with the itch on her head, nor did they leave her covered in burns in her bed.

Unfortunately, gasoline is a lice remedy used by many Americans and has been since the olden days. It's not a good one; I'm not suggesting anyone copy Suggs' alleged crime here. But it reminds me of bourbon being rubbed on the gums of a teething tot -- it's a bad idea but one that is handed down from generation to generation.

So again, I have to ask: is it really criminal to follow granny's advice? Or just plain stupid?

From the sounds of it, Suggs and her daughter have both suffered here. Both were caught on fire, mom and child were separated. There's been a CPS investigation, there's been the public outing of her dumb move.

I'd say this family has been punished enough, don't you?

What do you think should be done with this mother?


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nonmember avatar Krystal

I think there is more to this of why they took the kids. Mom kinda looks like a druggy, maybe the house was filthy??

happi... happinessforyou

They make products that help get rid of lice. And no, it is not gasoline.

She lit her child on fire, maybe not on purpose, but she did. And then she drove the other kids to someone's house and THEN they took her to the hospital. How long did that take? Why wouldn't you call an ambulance?

Maybe not felony abuse but dumb-assery for sure!

Brain... BrainyMommy

Parenting classes and education needed for sure. Hopefully it'll be pled down to that. 

peanu... peanutsmommy1

yes, it IS child abuse

even if her hair had not caught on fire, pouring a toxic substance on your child IS abuse, not just stupidity

Eddie... EddiesMama83

I'm sorry but the mother is NO victim. If this was the father who did this, you would say "Off with his head!". I am so sick of the bias on this website like mothers can do no wrong. Yes they can and this mother is clearly not fit to take care of kids. 


@Happinessforyou:  Good word--dumb-assery!  ***chuckle, chuckle***

As for this story...What-the-World?!?  I'm so shocked that I'm missing a word in my phrase...WOW!!!!

NatAndCo NatAndCo

Because a trip to a drug store and a shower with lice shampoo would be too difficult... Only sympathy I have is for the kids.

JS0512 JS0512

I'd say the little girl has been punished enough, I wouldn't say the family has.  I think there is more to the story and cannot figure out why you would drop your other kids off somewhere and then take your burned child to the ER.  The SECOND she saw flames she should have called 911.  The fact that she didn't makes me think there is something in this house they didn't want the authorities to see.  And even if she thought she could get her to the hospital quicker, there's no way in hell I'd take extra time to drop off my other kids.  I'd rush EVERYONE to the hospital.

the4m... the4mutts

There is more to this story. There has to be.

This is criminal negligence at best, and yes, felony child abuse at worst. To be negligent and stupid is one thing. To be negligent and stupid with a CHILD?? Throw the book at them both.

Erin Tapp

I think there is more to the story than what is being told here.

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