DADE CITY, Fla. – A Florida man is charged with pouring scalding water on a 2-year-old girl under his care.
Pasco County sheriff's deputies say 26-year-old Jonathan Lee Howard admitted pouring the water on the girl Sunday after initialing telling investigators she was burned when a lighter exploded while he was sleeping.
Investigators say the scalding occurred Saturday and Howard didn't seek treatment for the girl until the next day.
The girl was airlifted to a hospital where she was treated for second-degree burns over much of her head and body.
Howard was charged with a felony account of child neglect resulting in serious injury. He was being held at the Land O'Lakes Detention Center on Monday morning. Jail records didn't indicate if he has a lawyer. The relationship between Howard and the girl wasn't immediately known.