Bond was set at $25,000 Tuesday for a Clinton man accused of placing his 19-month-old daughter in scalding water, court officials said.
Jerry Lamont Wooten
, 31, of Clinton, is charged with one count of felony child abuse in connection with the incident, Sheriff Malcolm McMillin said.
The child suffered second- and third-degree burns from the waist down
, according to a police report. Wooten told investigators that he ran the bath water to bathe the child, but realized it was hot. He waited for about 3 1/2 minutes and then put the girl in the tub
, according to the police report. Wooten told investigators that the girl was crying and wiggling and he told her, "Girl, I'm not ready to wash your hair," according to the police report. Then he saidhe pushed her leg down in the water and at some point she slipped and he picked her up, at which time he saw that her skin was burned, according to the police report.
Investigators said Wooten is also accused of injuring the child over the Easter holiday.
That incident wasn't reported until Wooten was arrested this week
, according to investigators. In that case, deputies said Wooten pulled the toddler's ear so hard that he tore the cartilage that connects the child's ear to her head
. Two other small children in the home were not hurt, deputies said. Wooten has not yet been charged in connection with the Easter incident, investigators said.
"This particular thing was heinous. He took an 19-month-old baby in really hot water. He knew what he was doing, it wasn't like it was an accident. He didn't drop the baby," Capt. Henry Glaze said.