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Holiday man accused of scalding 2-year-old's hand

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NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after, police say, he scalded a 2-year-old's hand.

Frank Anthony Boccia was left in a home with the boy while his grandmother went to pick up another child, a New Port Richey police report states. She left the toddler asleep in an upstairs loft. When she returned, the child's right hand was burned. At Tampa General Hospital, a physician found the third-degree burns were from submersion, as if someone held the child's hand under a hot liquid. The toddler had no access to hot water in the loft. The report states Boccia couldn't explain the burn.

Boccia's relationship to the child and the address of the scene were blocked out of police reports because of the nature of the case.

Boccia, of 4108 Scarlet Maple Drive, Holiday, was booked in the Land O'Lakes jail on a charge of aggravated child abuse without great harm. He remained there Wednesday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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