We have major developments in the case of Madison Osteraas, the Tucson child who was badly burned late last year on the northwest side. Madison, 5, suffered third-degree burns to most of her body. Investigators say the injuries were caused by her adoptive mother.
"She is communicating now. and communicating very well, and speaking," Pima County Sheriff's Detective Patricia Willson told the News 4 Tucson Investigators. "Due to the extent of her injuries, her condition continues to be critical, but it is now stable."
Detectives aren't saying whether Madison can help the investigation, by providing details of what happened, but they're working to piece it together. Authorities insist, the adoptive mother, Samantha Osteraas' story doesn't add up. They're certain that's Madison's injuries were no accident.
"As long as there are new developments in a case, it will continue to be an ongoing investigation," Willson told us.
Aside from the improvement in her condition, another new development, is that one new development is that the Arizona Department of Child Safety now has custody of Madison.
The News 4 Tucson Investigators have also learned, the hot-water heater at the Osteraas home, had been set to maximum.
Despite major burns that will impact her forever, it appears that Madison has turned a corner.
"Even with the severe extent of her injuries, the reason that she is here is due to the care she has received from the staff at University Medical Center," Willson said. "Her personality is just a ray of light in and of itself." she added.
Samantha Osteraas is due back in court later this month. For now, she remains free on bond, and has hired a different attorney. Madison's adoptive siblings have also been removed from the home, and placed in foster care.