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Hillsborough deputies: Sitter scalded toddler in bath, didn't seek care

TAMPA — A 19-year-old man was arrested Friday and accused of giving a 2-year-old girl a scalding hot bath in March then not taking her to get medical attention.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office charged Joseph M. Medina of Covington, Ky., with aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

Deputies said Medina had babysat the little girl March 25 in the area of Falkenburg Road and Hillsborough Avenue. A bath at 8 p.m. that day left her legs, feet and buttocks with second- and third-degree burns.

Deputies said he saw the burns, but didn't get her medial attention. Her mother took her to Tampa General Hospital at 4 p.m. March 26, said Debbie Carter, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

Medina "said the child had gotten into the bath by herself," Carter said. "But [the hosptial's] Child Protection Team said that was not possible."

The team told deputies the injuries were "classic" immersion burns. The child also told officials that "he did it," according to the Sheriff's Office.

The toddler needed skin grafts and was listed in stable condition at Tampa General Hospital.

Medina was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail and held without bond.

Hillsborough deputies: Sitter scalded toddler in bath, didn't seek care 04/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 16, 2010 7:00pm]
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