Friday, February 26, 2010

Dad charged with scalding 5-year-old son over candy; child has severe 3rd-degree burns (St. Paul, Minnesota)

It seems that dad TRUMAINE WILLIE OLLIE got a little bent when his 5-year-old son got into the candy drawer. So somehow this @$$wipe managed to scald this poor child with hot water as punishment. The boy has severe 3rd-degree burns over 13% of his body, and will require skin grafts. The boy and his two brothers also had signs of previous child abuse. Not a word on the children's mother. Single dad?

Scalded St. Paul boy says dad punished him over candy
Pioneer Press

Updated: 02/22/2010 11:22:29 PM CST

A 5-year-old St. Paul boy who was treated at Regions Hospital with severe burns told medical staff his father had punished him for getting into a candy drawer.

The father, Trumaine Willie Ollie, 26, of St. Paul, brought the boy to the hospital on Feb. 9, telling staff his son had spilled hot water on himself from the stove a week earlier.

Third-degree burns covered 13 percent of the boy's body and would require skin grafts, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court on Friday. The complaint charges Ollie with three counts of felony malicious punishment of a child.

One of the counts pertains to the 5-year-old, identified in the complaint by the initials J.M.O. The other two pertain to his two brothers, ages 5 and 6, who had numerous scars on their bodies that were indicative of child abuse, the complaint said.

In addition to the burns, J.M.O. also had two healing broken ribs, X-rays showed.

Ollie told police that his son had spilled hot water from a pan onto his legs. He said he put the boy in water to treat the burns, but must have made a mistake by not checking the water temperature. He said he would never intentionally harm his children.

One of the boy's brothers corroborated J.M.O.'s story of being punished for getting into the candy, according to the complaint.

— Emily Gurnon