The Bellefontaine Police Department is investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl who died after being burned by hot water.
Officers responded around 1:15 p.m. Monday to the 700 block of Euclid Street “in reference to a young child having a burn injury and is now having a seizure,” according to a Bellefontiane police report.
When police arrived, paramedics were doing chest compressions on the 2-year-old girl, the report says.
Officers then entered the house and found the child’s father and three other children inside.
The father told police that he received a call from his fiancee the night before while he was at work, and she told him that the child was burned on her back with hot water.
The fiancee said the girl had an accident and was placed in the shower while she went to change another child’s diaper.
“When she came back to the bathroom, she found that (the child) had turned the hot water on high and had been burned,” the report says.
The father said he got home from work around 2:30 a.m. and found the girl’s back was red and irritated, but she was not crying.
The next morning, according to the report, a friend brought over some ointment for the burns.
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“(The father) said that just before the call for help to 911, the ointment had been put on (the child’s) burn,” the report says. “(The child) then began to have a seizure and became unresponsive.”
The 2-year-old was taken to the hospital where she later died, police said.
No charges have been filed at this time, and police continue their investigation.
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