EVANSVILLE — A 2-year-old Evansville girl was taken taken to Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati Friday with serious burns that police claim were caused when her mother’s boyfriend poured scalding water on the child while she was sleeping.
Cpl. Steve Green of the Evansville Police Department said the toddler had second- and third-degree burns to her face, head and shoulders.
He said Evansville police were notified by St. Mary’s Medical Center around 2 a.m. Friday after a relative brought the girl there for treatment.
Kyle Dwayne Hankins, 28, was in the Vanderburgh County Jail Friday without bond facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery on a child and neglect of a dependent.
According to an Evansville Police Department probable cause report, Hankins came to his girlfriend’s apartment in the 400 block of Michigan Court around 10 p.m. after bowling.
The toddler’s mother, identified as Krystal Lockridge, said she went to bed around 11 p.m. with her two other children. Several hours later, she said, she heard screaming.
She got up and found the 2-year-old sitting in a living room chair with burns on her face. She said Hankins told her the child had urinated in the bed and he was trying to give her a bath but the water was too hot and it burned her.
A police detective is quoted in the report as saying the injuries to the child were not consistent with being in a bathtub (no burns on her feet or buttocks) and her burns appeared to be from water thrown on her while she was sleeping because the bed and pillow were wet; also burns were on the left side but not right side of her face.
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