Bleach is a chlorine-based chemical solution that is widely sold in grocery stores and has numerous household applications, but it can be very dangerous. In addition to the household variety, there are also several formulations of more potent industrial bleach, and their health risks are even greater. It is especially important to avoid exposing the skin or eyes to bleach when handling it, as such an exposure can cause severe tissue damage.
Suspicious of the child's injuries, hospital staff notified the sheriff's department. Lindquist said that when questioned by police, Mothershead said her daughter developed the eye problem after playing in a barn, and was treated with antibiotics and eye drops. Mothershead offered no explanation for the head injury, police said.