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Soiled child placed in scalding wate

A 2-year-old boy was badly burned when he was put into scalding bath water Sunday, and sheriff's investigators are looking for his mother's boyfriend to question him. The youngster was at his mother's North Tampa duplex apartment Sunday afternoon when the incident occurred.

Several adults were at the home watching a football game on television, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office report.

About 9:30 p.m., the child soiled his pants. According to the report, his mother's boyfriend, 22-year-old Derrick Johnson, took the child into the bathroom to clean him up.

In the bathroom, the child was placed in a tub of scalding hot water and badly burned.

"There was no one in the bathroom with the child other than the boyfriend," said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. "We're basically looking for the boyfriend to ask him what happened."

The child was flown by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital.

"The child has second-degree burns over 25 percent of his body," said Sheriff's Capt. Roger Dixon. He was burned on his hands, arms, legs and feet, according to the report.

He was listed in stable condition at the hospital's burn unit Monday.

According to the report, Johnson, who is not related to the child and lives elsewhere in Tampa, left the home before investigators arrived.

The mother, 21, whose name and address are not being printed to protect the identity of her son, was questioned by investigators Monday and released.

The Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) also is investigating the incident and looking for Johnson for questioning, HRS spokesman Tom Jones said.

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