Rusk County (WQOW) - A young girl was taken to the hospital with severe burns last month, and now her mother's boyfriend is charged with child abuse.
Doctors called Rusk County investigators because they said a 3 1/2-year-old girl had come in with severe and suspicious burns. She had to be airlifted to a Twin Cities burn center. The girl's mother told police her boyfriend, Charles Roach, said the toddler must have turned the water faucet to hot while she was in the bathtub with the water running. Investigators later learned the home didn't have running hot water because the gas had been cut off.
Doctors said it appeared the girl had been sprayed in the face with hot water. Detectives say when a nurse asked how she got the 'owies' the little girl said, 'My daddy sprayed me," referring to Roach, and she later said her dad was naughty. The girl's mother told investigators Roach had used a propane heater and kettle to boil water in the past.
Roach is now charged with felony child abuse.