Child with Spina bifida scalded in bathtub; caretaker charged

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LD, WELL THAT IS Art GRAY AREA. 24-YEAR-OLD TESSA RICHARDS WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT THURSDAY FOR WHAT HAPPENED AT THIS PENN TOWNSHIP HOMErt ON MARCH 1st OF THIS YEAR.>>WHEN SHE HEARS THE CHILD SCREAMING OBVIOUSLY SHE REMOVES THE CHILD FROM THE WATER. REPORTER: RICHARDS WAS AN EMrtPLOYEE OF CARE UNLIMITED BASED IN PITTSBURGH. SHE HAD BEEN CARING FOR A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH SPINA BIFIDA FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS. rtTHE CHILD HAS NO FEELING FROM THE WAIST DOWN.>>WITHIN 30 SECONDS TO ONE MINUTE THAT CHILD SUFFERED FROM SECOND AND POTENTIALLY THIRD DEGREE BURNS FROMrt THE BELLY BUTTON TO THE T-RBG OES. REPORTER: RICHARDS TOLD DETECTIVES SHE RAN THE WATER IN THE TUB TURNING THErt HANDLE TO A POSITION THAT WOULD REACH 95 DEGREES. SHE ALSO TESTED THE WATER WITH HER HAND.>>WE KNOW THAT THE WATER IN THAT HOT WATER TANKrt WAS BETWEEN 135 AND 140 DEGREES AND THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH THE TYPE AND SEVERITY AND BURNS THAT THE CHILD HAD. REPORTER: AFTER SHE PULLED THE CHILD OUT OF THE WATERrt RICHARDS CALLED 911. POLICE SAY SHE ALSO TRIED TO CLEANUP, DRAINING THE TUB AND REMOVING THE SKIN THEN INSIDE AND THROWING IT IN THE TRASH.>>OUR BELIEF ISrt THAT HER ACTIONS WERE INTENTIONAL, AND WHILE SHE MAY NOT HAVE INTENDED TO HARM THAT CHILD THE WAY THAT THE CHILD WAS HrtARMED, WE DO BELIEVE THAT SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS THAT TOOK PLACE THAT NIGHT. REPORTER: THAT CHILD HAD TOrt UNDERGO SEVERAL SKIN GRAPHS, WE ARE TOLD THAT HE IS BACK AT HOME RECOVERING TONIGHT.

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