Katrina and Garry Eubanks from Iowa are accused of injuring a disabled woman
Allegedly bathed Airionna Bent, 19, in bleach causing severe burns
Her injuries were so bad finger marks were visible on her skin after touching her
Airionna was born prematurely and suffers from cerebral palsy so she cannot talk and has to be fed through a tube
A couple caring for a disabled teenager drenched her in a bathtub full of bleach and Epsom salt, court records show.
Katrina, 51, and Garry Eubanks, 55, from Urbandale, Iowa, have been accused of bathing Airionna Bent, 19, in harsh chemicals that caused burns so bad finger marks could be seen on her skin after touching her, KCCI reported.
Bent was born prematurely and suffers from cerebral palsy, so she cannot speak and is fed through a tube. Her mum, Becky Bent-Weible, left her in the Eubanks’ care after she turned 18 and visits her weekly.
‘I called her [Katrina] Airionna’s other mother, I thought we were friends,’ Bent-Weible said.
Katrina, 51, (left) and Garry Eubanks, 55, (right) from Urbandale, Iowa, allegedly drenched a disabled woman in a bathtub full of bleach and Epsom salt
Police say the Eubanks bathed Airionna Bent, 19, (pictured) in chemicals that caused burns so bad fingerprints could be seen on her skin after touching her
On May 28, the Eubanks bathed Airionna in the harsh chemicals and caused ‘severe burns all over her body’, court records show.
The Eubanks waited until June 1, five days later, before sending her to the hospital, it is claimed. According to court records they took her out of state to the Wesley Chapel Hospital in Florida, apparently because Katrina’s sister-in-law worked as a nurse there.
They had informed a former Mosaic employee about their plans to take her to hospital in Florida but their confidant called the police, according to court records.
‘Garry described… how Bent was crying and screaming in pain and that the injuries were so bad that you could see fingerprint impressions on Bent’s skin if someone touched her,’ the court documents revealed.
Mosaic informed Airionna’s mother, who then called Katrina, urging her to return her daughter immediately.
Airionna’s mum, Becky Bent-Weible, left her in the Eubanks’ care after her daughter turned 18 and visited her weekly
Court records say the Eubanks initially took Aironna to the Wesley Chapel Hospital in Florida, apparently because Katrina’s sister worked as a nurse there
Her burns were so bad that when someone touched Airionna, their finger prints showed on her skin, court documents say
Katrina and her husband claimed to have been returning to Iowa, but court documents show that police arrested them in Florida.
Upon her arrest, Katrina – who her husband described as being ‘frantic’ when they realized how badly Airionna was hurt – allegedly said it had been an accident.
‘She didn’t know the injuries were that bad or that the bath water was that hot,’ court records state Katrina said.
‘If it had been an accident, they would have gone to a hospital immediately… they let my daughter suffer,’ mother-of-three Bent-Weible said.
Airionna was then transferred back to a hospital in Iowa, where she’s recovering.
Police found a large bottle of Aloe Vera – typically used to soothe wounds – in the Eubanks’ car and bleach as well as Epsom salt in their bathroom.
The pair will later be taken to Iowa and will be charged with kidnapping and neglect and may face up to life in prison.
The couple passed a background check before they were allowed to care for Airionna.
This is the Eubanks’ home, where they kept Airionna for six days before finally sending her to the hospital.