PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - “Here is a lock of hair, “said Elethea Dampier.
A lock of hair and an old photograph of baby Emilio is all Elethea has to hold on to of her grandson.
Seven weeks old, Emilio Bautista, died Saturday at Tampa General Hospital due to severe burns, police say, he received from his mother.
Emilio sustained burns to his head, chest and arms after his mother, Chekayla Dampier, 18, held him under scolding hot water.
Tampa General Hospital staff reported that Emilio’s burns were so severe his left nipple peeled off when his shirt was removed.
Emilio survived 12 days after he was badly burned.
Police said that the mother was frustrated with her baby, so she placed him under running hot water for several minutes. The baby cried the entire time.
The temperature of the water was later determined to have been 142 degrees.
“They need to give her the stiffest penalty they can give her for doing what she did, because she knew better,” Elethea said of her adopted daughter.
The grandmother claims she notified Pasco County Sheriff’s Office of possible child abuse her daughter was doing to her grandson.
Elethea said she will never understand why this happened.
“Right now, I am mostly sad and heart broken. I feel anger inside me that just wants to explode."
Chekayla is being held at the Pasco County Jail under a $150,000 bond.
She is charged with Aggravated Child Abuse with Great Bodily Harm.
The incident is still under investigation. No further charges have been made at this time.
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