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Mother burns her 2-year-old boy’s fingers by forcing his hands into hot liquid

By Mason White 10:01 AM September 8, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
A mother was arrested on a charge of causing grievous bodily harm after allegedly burning her child’s fingers by forcing his hands into hot liquid, police in Australia said.

The Wellington District Court heard that the mother, who was not identified, did not seek medical treatment for her 2-year-old boy’s injuries for three months.

The mother was charged with wounding with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm and intentional neglect. The injured boy was taken to a doctor by police who came to the home after receiving a noise complaint from a neighbor.

The pediatrician said that he believes the injuries to be at least three months old. The child suffered significant scarring to his fingers, indicating that both hands were soaked in a hot liquid.

As a result of the healing process, his fingers fused together.

The doctor determined that the injuries were not accidental and the woman deliberately put the child’s hands in hot liquid.

The woman denied the allegations, saying that she placed the child’s bottle in a bowl of boiling water on a table in the living room.

When she went to the kitchen to cook, the bowl tipped over on her child. The two-year-old boy underwent five hours of surgery and skin grafts to both hands to help him regain some use of his fingers.