Fort Worth police were called to Cook Children's Medical Center to investigate a case involving a 1-year-old girl brought in with one-week-old submersion burns on her hands.
Police received the call at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday.
Cliff Miller, Fort Worth police public relations/community liaison officer, said the girl is still in the hospital. "Currently no arrests have been made," Miler said. "This investigation is still ongoing and the Crimes Against Children Unit is taking lead of this investigation."
The treating physician told police the girl’s burns were consistent of hands being "forcibly submerged in very hot water," which is not the same story a family member gave, according to a police report.
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Medical staff also were concerned with the fact the mother withheld treatment for more than a week and when treatment was sought, the mom was not the one that brought the child to the emergency room, according to the report.
The girl’s aunt told police the incident happened October 11, at the aunt’s house in southeast Fort Worth.
The aunt told police while she was in a bedroom and the little girl’s mom was in the kitchen, screams could be heard coming from the bathroom.
Both the mom and aunt found the girl in the bathroom with the front of her shirt wet and hot water running at full pressure, according to the report.
The aunt told police faucets on the tub have high water pressure and the gas hot water heater keeps the tank hotter than typical heaters.
The aunt also told police the bathtub faucets are equipped with levers instead of knobs, which make it easier for a child to turn on.
The aunt said her sister didn’t seek immediate medical attention because her sister thought she could treat the wounds herself.
According to the police report, CACU is waiting for information from a specialist at Parkland Hospital, who was collecting more information on the burn patterns and severity.
Police confirmed the child is still in the hospital but would not say whether the child was taken to Parkland Hospital or is still at Cook Children's.
Julie Moody, media specialist with Child Protective Services, said at this time CPS cannot confirm or deny whether they have any involvement with the case.