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Child Suffers Burns at Daycare; Woman Arrested


Children are fast and can get into trouble very easily. Young children can get into accidents and seriously injure themselves, especially if they are not properly supervised.

This recently happened at a daycare in New Jersey. A boy was allegedly neglected and suffered serious burns. The woman in charge of his care was arrested.

The incident happened on March 28 at Dearest Angel Child Care in Palisades Park. The 24-year-old daycare worker was in charge of the 1-year-old boy. She is accused of placing the child in a bathtub with hot water, causing him to suffer severe burns. The boy was taken to a medical facility to be treated for the burns.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s office and Palisades Park Police Department investigated the case and determined that the daycare worker had assumed responsibility of the child and neglected him, causing him to suffer serious injuries.

The woman was arrested and charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. She is being held at the Bergen County Jail.

Burns in Children

As the saying goes, accidents happen, and this is especially true for children. There are many things in the home that can cause accidental injuries, including falls, drowning, suffocation, choking, burns, poisonings, and firearms. Burns and fires are the fifth most common cause of accidental death in children and adults. Several thousand people in the United States are killed by burns every year.

Toddlers and children are more often burned by scalding or flames. Most of these burns are preventable. Most children ages 4 and under who are hospitalized for burn-related injuries suffer from scald burn (65%) or contact burns (20%). Scald burns tend to happen in the bathtub. Bathtub scalds often associated with lack of supervision or child abuse. Hot tap water burns cause more hospitalizations and deaths than burns from any other hot liquids.

While burns do happen from time to time, the good news is that burn injuries have decreased in the last 30 years. Some reasons for this include the following:

  • There has been an increased use of smoke detectors.
  • The flammability of consumer products, such as toys and pajamas, is federally regulated.
  • The U.S. government monitors safety in the workplace.
  • There is a greater national emphasis on burn injury prevention and fire safety.
  • A decrease in smoking helps prevent burn injuries.
  • New water heaters in homes are now preset at lower temperatures to reduce scald injuries.
  • There are fewer open fires.

Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Childcare providers have a duty to keep the children in their care safe. They should not be abusing or neglecting them.

A Morristown catastrophic injury attorney from The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff can assist you if you or a loved one has suffered burns or other major injuries due to someone else’s negligence. To schedule a free consultation, call (973) 455-1567 or fill out the online form.



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