Woman charged after infant burned by hot tub water

Lancaster
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Police say a Lancaster Township woman recklessly caused second- and third-degree burns to a 5-month-old boy by allowing his 2-year-old sister to operate the tub faucet during a bath.

Katiria N. Suliveras, 20, is charged with felony counts of aggravated assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

Suliveras told police she was trying to bathe her sister-in-law’s children at the same time and had the infant directly under the faucet. She said the 2-year-old girl was manipulating the controls, but she saw no steam and said the water didn’t feel very hot, according to the criminal complaint.

Suliveras said she noticed the child’s legs were red and starting to blister when she dried him and put on his diaper. The boy’s left leg was burned from his ankle to near his buttocks, police said.

Suliveras called the children’s mother but did not seek medical attention for 90 minutes, the complaint states.

Suliveras also told police she didn’t have a bathtub seat for the infant, so she placed him on a pillow atop a car seat.

She has been released on unsecured bail.

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