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Babysitter 'tortured' scalded toddler: DA

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Posted: Friday, February 5, 2016 1:40 pm

A Cambria Heights babysitter has been charged with scalding a 2-year-old child who was being uncooperative as she tried to clean his hands.

Yvette Douglas, 20, of 208th Street, was charged with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child according to a statement issued by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Brown said Douglas held the boy’s hands under hot water for about two minutes as he struggled and cried. The incident happened on Feb. 2 when the child got syrup on his hands while eating waffles.

“As a babysitter, the defendant had an obligation to provide a safe environment for the child and keep him from harm,” Brown said. “Instead, she is alleged to have tortured and caused him physical and emotional injury simply because he behaved like any two-year-old child eating a plate of waffles with syrup.”

According to Brown’s statement, the boy’s mother left her son and his 3-year-old sister at Douglas’ home at about 7 a.m. on Feb. 2.

At about 10:15 that morning the mother received a call from Douglas saying that her son had been burned because he had pulled a pot of boiling water off the stove.

The boy was taken to the burn unit at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, LI.

Doctors at the hospital determined that the burns on the boy’s hands were inconsistent with Douglas’ initial account.

Brown’s office asserts that in her subsequent statements to police, Douglas said that the boy would not cooperate as she tried to clean syrup off his hands. 

At that point, according to the criminal complaint, she brought him to the kitchen sink to wash them. She allegedly turned the water from warm to hot “at which point the child continued crying and was struggling to remove his hands from the water.”

She then noticed that his hands looked injured.

Doctors have allegedly estimated that his burns were consistent with the child having his hands held under hot water for two minutes.

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