Scalded baby leads to man's arrest

A White City foster parent faces felony assault and mistreatment charges for allegedly holding a 1-year-old girl under scalding bath water after she defecated in the tub Sunday, authorities said.

Trevor M. Emptage, 28, was arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on two counts each of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment while the child was being treated for first- and second-degree burns in a Portland hospital, authorities said.

First-degree assault carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 71/2; years in state prison under Oregon's mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

Judge Tim Barnack set Emptage's bail at $500,000 and ordered him returned to the Jackson County Jail.

The case began just before 8 p.m. Sunday when Rogue Valley Medical Center emergency-room doctors notified police they were treating a 1-year-old victim with severe burns that appeared to be from abuse, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators determined that Emptage became upset after the young girl defecated in the tub during a bath, according to the sheriff's department.

Evidence showed she had been held in scalding hot water by force, causing first- and second-degree burns on the body from the waist down, sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

The child was transported Monday to a Portland hospital for treatment because of the severity of the injuries, Carlson said.

The Department of Human Services was called in to remove a second child from the White City home.

The case remains under investigation, Carlson said.


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