A Tampa man was arrested Wednesday after deputies say he caused severe burns earlier this month to a toddler who was in his care.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to Tampa General Hospital on Feb. 5 after receiving a report about a 3-year-old with second-degree burns to the lower extremities.
The burns occurred the previous day at an apartment on Silver Run Drive in Tampa, deputies said.
The child’s mother, who was at work at the time of the incident, told deputies her boyfriend, 19-year-old Christopher Reddick, said he had boiled a pot of water on the stove for the child’s bath after using all of the hot water for his own shower.
While carrying the pot of hot water into the bathroom, Reddick claimed, the child’s younger sibling walked in front of him, causing him to trip and spill the water into the tub and onto the victim.
Emergency room doctors said the child’s severe burns appeared to be consistent with being submerged into scalding hot water.
When confronted Reddick about his account, Reddick became argumentative and left, deputies said.
At the time of his arrest, detectives found a loaded gun with the serial number scratched off in Reddick's pocket.
He faces charges of aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm, child neglect with great bodily harm, carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm with a serial number removed.
Reddick is currently in jail. Bail was set at $25,000.