RACINE — A Racine woman was charged Friday with reportedly dipping a 2-year-old child into a pot of scalding hot water because he was not catching on to how to use the bathroom.
Racine police began investigating Myrna C. Staten, 22, who is facing one felony count of physical abuse of a child, after she reportedly brought a child with second-degree burns to the emergency room at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital, 3801 Spring St., on Tuesday, according to a criminal complaint.
The boy had allegedly been burned in a “very distinct pattern,” from the tops of his feet to a straight line at his ankles, according to the complaint, the type “indicative of a dunking type of burn.”
According to the complaint, Staten changed her story several times, first telling medical staff that the child spilled a bucket of water that she had boiled to mop the floors with and later telling them that the child fell into the bucket while climbing up it to get cake from the counter.
After the child had been transported to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa, however, Staten allegedly came clean, telling the investigator that the boy was a “very difficult child” and that she had trouble potty training him, according to the complaint.
Earlier in the day, she was allegedly attempting to catch the bus with the boy when he “crapped on himself,” after which she reportedly took him back into the kitchen, 500 block of Greenfield Road, and placed his feet into the bucket of hot water as punishment, according to the complaint.
When the boy began screaming in pain, Staten reportedly took him out of the bucket and realized the water was too hot, according to the complaint, and tried to cool him before dressing him and taking him to the hospital.
Medical staff at the hospital had to remove the child’s socks, which were sticking to his skin, causing blisters on his feet to pop, according to the complaint.
Staten made her initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Friday and had cash bond set at $5,000. As of Friday evening, she remained in jail and has a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.