MESA, AZ – The parents of a 4-year-old boy have been arrested after police found the boy hidden in a closet, suffering from severe burns he received two weeks earlier.
Mesa police were performing a welfare check at the home of Aaron Roland and Joscilin Smith after receiving a report from CPS regarding a toddler in their home with serious burns.
The couple initially told police that the child was staying with a relative, but police weren’t buying it and found the kid hidden away in a bedroom closet and the reports were right, the kid had some nasty burns.
The couple explained that they had gotten into an argument a couple weeks prior and Joscilin threw a pot of boiling water at Aaron that splashed the child. Instead of getting the child some professional medical help, they treated the child with store-bought creams and bandages.
“The father had gone out and gotten medical attention right away, that day, and got himself taken care of,” said Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato. “But, the parents feared that, apparently with their history, that they might lose their children if they were to call and get medical attention for the child.”
Turns out the couple is pretty good at making babies – having seven children between the ages of one and 10 – but don’t do as good a job taking care of them, having had multiple run-ins with CPS in Arizona and Wisconsin.
The 4-year-old was taken to the hospital where he is being treated for second-degree burns to his back, leg, arm, and shoulder. His and his siblings are now in CPS custody.
Joscilin was charged with suspicion of aggravated assault and three counts of child abuse, while Aaron was booked into jail on suspicion of one count of child abuse.