Police: Child suffers from serious burns in Evansville, 2 people arrested
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Two people from Evansville are in jail on neglect charges after officers say an 11-month-old was taken to the hospital with serious burns.
We are told authorities responded to a gas station in the area of Riverside and Kentucky on Monday afternoon.
Authorities say an ambulance took the baby to the hospital, and the child had serious but non-life-threatening burns.
Doctors at the hospital told police that the baby had third-degree burns on 15% of her body, mainly on the child’s face and buttocks.
They also told authorities that the burns appeared to have been there for several days. They say the child’s diaper looked like it hadn’t been changed in several days as well.
According to an affidavit, hospital officials say they were not equipped to treat burns that severe, and the child was taken to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
Riley health officials say the baby’s left arm was fractured, which was caused by forced trauma. They say the child was also severely dehydrated.
Police arrested the baby’s father, Khauyl Hunter, and his girlfriend, Aisha Kinyanjui, on neglect of a dependent charges.
Sergeant Anna Gray said more charges could be on the way with a medical examiner’s report pending.
She said that they need to use the information from that report and continue investigating to determine how the baby got the broken arm, why she was dehydrated and how long she had been in such poor condition.
As part of the investigation, she said they will be interviewing everyone involved in the child’s life to try and determine how it all got to this point.
Sgt. Gray took the opportunity to remind people that they should report any suspected abuse they happen to see.
She explained that being extra cautious isn’t an issue when it comes to the welfare of a child.
“If it’s nothing at the end of the day, then okay, we looked into a situation and it was legit and it was fine,” she said. “But if it’s not and there’s child abuse, then that’s one child that we could save.”
On Wednesday, both Hunter and Kinyanjui made their first court appearance.
The courts issued Hunter with a $35,000 cash bond.
Kinyanjui was issued a $25,000 cash bond.
Both were issued a no-contact order with the victim.
An initial hearing is scheduled on Friday morning.
The phone number for the Department of Child Services Abuse and Neglect Hotline is 1-(800)-800-5556.
The Evansville Police Department’s number is (812) 436-7896.
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