Seekonk Women Arrested in Relation to Severely Injured Child

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
November 12, 2023

Two Seekonk women were arrested last night in connection to an incident that occurred at their home of October 8 where a four-year-old child suffered second and third degree burns over large portions of her body.

The victim’s aunt, Franzceska Gerome, 44, was arrested by Seekonk Police and is charged with Reckless Endangerment of a Child, Assault and Battery on a Child with Substantial Injury, and Permitting Substantial Injury to a Child.

The victim’s mother, Guilene Gerome, 38, was also arrested by Seekonk Police and is charged with Reckless Endangerment of a Child and Permitting Substantial Injury to a Child

Seekonk Police responded to a residence on Oak Hill Avenue in Seekonk at approximately noon on October 9th for a report of a four-year-old girl with significant burns over large portions of her body.  A subsequent investigation by Seekonk Police, Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III’s office, and prosecutors, revealed that the victim sustained the life-threatening injuries about 17 hours before any law enforcement or medical professionals were contacted.

By the time the victim arrived at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, she was in critical condition. Her body was in shock due to the significant 2nd and 3rd degree burns that she was suffering from and her organs were not functioning properly, which put her at risk of cardiac arrest. The victim has since been stabilized, but remains hospitalized. 

After a thorough investigation, which included interviews with the defendants and consultation with the medical professionals who continue to care for the victim, arrest warrants were applied for and issued on Thursday.  The defendants were arrested last night in Seekonk without incident and will be arraigned in Taunton District Court tomorrow morning.

More information on the facts of the case or the evidence obtained during the investigation cannot be disseminated until the defendants are arraigned tomorrow in open court. 


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications