Toddler scalded, man gets weekend jail sentence
A young man who admitted leaving a Brantford toddler in a bathtub with the hot water running was sentenced in court to jail.
On Feb. 15, 2016, Regan Alain McCarthy, 22, was in charge when the boy, who was almost three, received first- and second-degree burns to his lower body that sent him to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for several weeks.
At first, McCarthy told Brantford police he had been boiling water for oatmeal and the boy tipped the kettle onto himself. Later, McCarthy came to police with a different story. He said the boy had wet his pyjamas and McCarthy had run a bath, leaving the boy in the tub with the water running.
McCarthy said he was distracted by his cellphone and, when he returned to the bathroom, he found the child crying.
"His skin was red and blisters were being formed," said assistant Crown attorney Derek Zuraw.
As the boy's skin began to peel, McCarthy panicked and rubbed lotion on him and then submerged the child's lower body in ice water. He finally called 911.
The child had scald burns to 20 per cent of his body, including his genitals.
Zuraw said there would have been problems pursuing the trial of McCarthy, which was originally scheduled to proceed this fall.
He said there's no evidence except for the word of McCarthy about what happened that day in the bathroom.
"The injuries happened on Mr. McCarthy's watch and the degree of his inattention is sufficient to constitute wanton disregard for the safety of (the boy)."
McCarthy also confessed to police that he had been breaching court orders by seeing and calling the child's mother, his former girlfriend.
At one point he threatened to jump off his apartment balcony if she didn't apply to have the no-contact order removed. She refused, instead calling police, who found McCarthy drunk and high on marijuana.
In court, McCarthy pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing bodily harm, obstructing a police officer and three counts of failing to comply with a court ordered condition.
Justice Colette Good was told that McCarthy had started a new job.
Good sentenced him last month to eight days of time served and granted him weekend jail time of 90 days.
McCarthy will have to submit a sample of his DNA to the national offenders registry, remain on probation for two years and pay $400 in victim surcharges.
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