Man accused of cruelty in child burning
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an East Baton Rouge Parish man after they said he burned a child in his care, then didn't take them to the hospital because he had warrants for his arrest.
Deputies accused 34-year-old Alexis Allen Powell of cruelty to juveniles and a seat belt violation Monday.
Deputies said on March 26 the 1-year-old boy's mother left her son in Powell's care and went to work. Several hours later she said Powell got in touch with her and said her son had stepped into some hot water and burned himself. She had him send her a picture, which she said he did nearly an hour later. When she saw the burn, she said she immediately left work to get her son and take him to the emergency room.
The boy's mother told deputies Powell told her he couldn't take the child to the hospital because there were warrants out for his arrest. Doctors said the child had a minor second-degree burn on the back of their calf, which had blistered and had some skin peeled away.
Deputies brought Powell in for questioning on Monday and said he told them he was running hot water for himself in the bathtub and went to fix a bottle for the child, when he heard the boy start to yell. Powell said he found the boy with a leg in the bathtub while still wearing his shoes and socks, so he put medicine on the burn.
Deputies said Powell told them the incident happened around 3:15 p.m., and he got a ride to his sister's house to call the boy's mother around 9 p.m. The boy's mother picked him up at 10:40 to take him to the hospital.
After questioning Powell deputies arrested him on the above charges and booked him into the parish jail.