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Babysitter Accused Of Burning 2-Year-Old In Scalding Bath, Leaving Child Alone On Long Island

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - Police say a young woman burned a 2-year-old in a hot bath while babysitting for a family on Long Island on Sunday.

The Nassau County Police Department says 19-year-old Yenci Elizabeth Lopez has been charged with reckless assault of a child by a child daycare provider and two related charges stemming from a Jan. 5 incident.

Police say the accused was babysitting when she put a 2-year-old boy into scalding bath water for several minutes and then left the home, leaving the child unattended despite his screams.

Yenci Elizabeth Lopez
Yenci Elizabeth Lopez (credit: Nassau County Police Department)

The victim was transported to a local burn unit for treatment of second-degree burns over 20% of his body.

Police say Lopez is the boy's aunt and that she often babysits for him at the home she shares with her sister.

According to court papers, she later took the boy to a birthday party, where party goers saw the child was seriously injured.

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