Battlecreek Woman Jailed for Scalding Son With Hot Water
A 40-year-old mother from Battlecreek, Michigan was recently jailed for burning her son with scalding hot water.
The 12-year-old was taken to Bronson Battle Creek Hospital and treated for burns to his chest. His mother was arrested at her workplace on a charge of aggravated felonious assault. She denied the incident, claiming that she would never hurt her son.
According to the boy, he had been asleep in the television room of his family home on Monday. When he got up around 3 a.m. to move to his bed, he saw his mother preparing to leave for work. He told police that she threw a cup of hot liquid at him and demanded that he leave the house. He then walked to a nearby grocery store before returning home around 4 a.m.
The boy’s father, who lives in Memphis, called the police around noon after seeing the boy’s injuries over a video call.
The boy’s older brother told police that the incident was sparked by an argument between the 12-year-old and his mother. The younger boy had sent a text message to an older brother’s 17-year-old girlfriend, saying that he would like to have sex with her.
The brother said he did not witness the scalding, but that this kind of violent outburst was not typical of his mother. He told police that her type of discipline usually involved confiscating a cell phone or sending the boy to his bedroom.
Since the mother’s arrest, the boys have been placed in the custody of their grandmother.
Burns like those suffered by this young boy are extremely dangerous. Thermal burns occur when the skin is exposed to steam, flames, flash, or hot surfaces or liquids with a temperature of 115 degrees or higher. Deep burns can lead to a number of complications, including infection, low blood volume, breathing problems, scarring, and bone and joint problems.
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