Child burned with candle liquid; Mother cited for child endangerment, DFS called in
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Police were called the 500 block of South 3rd East at 10:43 p.m. over a reported fight over a child. Officers arrived to find several agitated people at the scene, and an 18 month-old boy with a serious burn on the back of his thigh.
A police report indicated the child’s burn was such that he needed medical attention, but the mother apparently was refusing to take him to the emergency room, but wanted to go to the grocery store instead for some burn medicine. The argument, apparently, was over what to do with the injured boy.
The police report said the child’s burn covered the entire back side of the upper right thigh below the buttocks, was round in size and was about 3.5 by 2.5 inches in size.
The mother told police the child was following his older brother around and climbed up on a counter where a burning Scentsy candle was located. The candle was knocked over, burning the child.
Police said the burn had blistered, or was blistering. The child ultimately was taken to the hospital and the mother was issued a misdemeanor citation for child endangerment.
The Fremont County Department of Family Services was also contacted and DFS officials met with the mother to make a plan for parenting skills.