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CINCINNATI -- A Woodlawn mother of three accused of burning her daughter's hands as punishment is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton County courtroom Thursday to either enter a plea or set a date for trial.

Andriel Mathis, 34, was arrested in November 2013 after police say she forced her 14-year-old daughter's hands onto a hot stovetop several times. The burning served as punishment for the teen's cellphone use, according to officer Timothy Barrett.

WCPO reporter Bryce Anslinger obtained a recording of the 911 call made by the teen after having her hands pinned to the stovetop.

"My mom is trying to hurt me, she burned my hands," she said in the call. Her voice was full of pain, her words were difficult to understand.

She was taken to Children's Hospital where she recovered from her burns.

Mathis is accused of ordering her other two daughters to hold their sister down while she burned her hands at their home on Faxon Lane. Barrett said the teen suffered second and third-degree burns.

When Mathis appeared in Hamilton County Municipal Court on child endangering and felonious assault charges, she was quickly reprimanded by Judge Bernie Bouchard.

“In the 18 years I’ve been doing this, this is one of the most barbaric crimes I've ever seen before me," Bouchard told Mathis in court.

A similar sentiment came from Woodlawn investigator Donald Fourth, Jr., the lead detective on the case.

"It's probably one of the most grotesque things I've seen done to a child in a long time," Fourth said.

After being burnt, the girl ran from her home wearing no shoes and dressed only in a nightshirt.

Residents about a quarter-mile away found the teen and called police.

Mathis’ attorney cited multiple medical problems while defending her.

He said she suffers from Lupus, a potentially deadly autoimmune disease that requires chemotherapy treatments. Mathis’ attorney also said she has high blood pressure, kidney problems that require weekly dialysis and press syndrome caused by her chemo treatments.

But both Bouchard and Fourth said those were not excuses for Mathis’ actions.

“This is not any way to handle misuse of a cellphone,” Fourth said. “Turn it off. Take it. There's other ways to deal with it other than burning the child's hands on the stove."

Mathis’ two other children -- both girls – are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

In addition to her $250,000 bond, Mathis was ordered to stay away from children and prosecuting witnesses.

She is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m.

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