PIttsburg County mother uses gasoline to kill lice, burns daughter


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Shana Suggs
Shana Suggs
Updated: 7/31/2013 3:24 pm Published: 7/31/2013 3:21 pm


A Pittsburg County mother faces charges of child abuse by injury for using gasoline to try and kill lice.

Court records show in January Shana Suggs poured gasoline on her five-year-old daughter’s hair in an attempt to kill lice. A nearby space heater then ignited the gasoline. The child suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 60% of her body.

Suggs could face up to life in prison if convicted.


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UberGeek - 8/1/2013 10:34 AM
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Why not use RID? Not much more expensive than gasoline, and a lot safer. Also, gasoline is a solvent and surely would cause scalp irritation. I remember working on cars as a kid with my dad, we used gasoline to get gasket sealer off our hands. After a while it would start to sting!

t town253 - 8/1/2013 10:16 AM
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Child abuse? I doubt that is a suitable charge for her. Being a mother myself, I would never use that type of home remedy, but I can see her heart in this matter. So sad. Hoping the child is ok and I am sure the guilt and horror the mother felt and is feeling now is sufficient enough. Prayers for the whole family.

Mayor Maynot - 7/31/2013 5:55 PM
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I'm sure she never meant for that to happen. A better homeopathic remedy would be Vaseline or baby oil. Constructs the pests breathing. Warning!!!May be a little slippery :-
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