Big Spring Man Arrested After Allegedly Burning Toddler With Hot Water
by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - A Big Spring man faces serious charges after a toddler in his care turns up with severe burns from scalding bath water. Investigators are now sorting through the evidence, trying to figure out if this is a case of child endangerment.

Back on September 2, Big Spring police were called out to Scenic Mountain Medical Center to investigate a case involving a toddler suffering from second degree burns from scalding water.

"The water was 129 degrees," Lt. Terry Chamness with the Big Spring Police Department, said.

That's how hot the water was in the bathtub for a 22-month-old baby boy from Big Spring. According to police, he was taking a bath when he was severely burned. 20–year-old Daniel Stone was watching the toddler while the toddler's mother was at work.

"Our investigation has proved that he was negligent in his care of child," Chamness said.

That's why a warrant was issued on Wednesday for his arrest.

"We waited for evidence to come in from doctors and check different things during the investigation," Chamness said.

Stone was arrested in Stanton on Thursday and was transferred to Howard County where he faces charges of injury to a child.

Police want this to be a warning to prevent this from happening again.

"The thing we want to get out, especially to younger parents, is that they need to stay with them continually, the child may turn the knobs on or off. Even one year olds, they can do things to endanger themselves," Chamness said.