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article imageFather Arrested After 2-Year-Old Suffers 2nd Degree Sunburn

By Carolyn E. Price     Jun 11, 2008 in Crime
Last Sunday, the temperatures in Lexington, Kentucky were in the low 90's and there were a few clouds in the sky. However, those few clouds were not enough to protect a toddler from the sun's burning ultraviolet rays.
A 27-year-old father is facing charges of first degree criminal abuse after the boy's Mother picked him up at his Dad's trailer and noticed golf ball sized blisters all over their two-year-old son's body. Bobby J. Jones, was in being held in jail yesterday on a $7,500 cash bond.
Capt. Ken Clark, a Madison County police department spokesman, said that the boy's Mom brought him in to the police station after she noticed the boy's sunburn and the blisters that were on his face, shoulders, chest and back. "This was pretty bad," Clark is quoted as saying. "There's a difference between what I would call a normal sunburn, and we're talking about blisters here, huge blisters. It's endangering that child."
The boy's mother then took him to a local hospital where it was determined that the he had sustained second degree burns. Second degree burns is described as the equivalent to being submerged in scalding hot water for a few minutes. The toddler was treated and released.
Reports say that the boy was playing outside of his father's trailer for about an hour and half. The boy was not wearing a tee shirt and his father did not apply any sunscreen to protect him against the sun's burning ultra violet rays. A light-skinned person can start to burn after 15 minutes in the sun.
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