3-year-old boy suffers burns in Whitewater

A 3-year-old boy sustained what investigators said were “significant” burns on his body at a Whitewater address on Tuesday and is being treated on the Front Range for his injuries, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy’s injuries, which were also described as not life-threatening, were discovered after emergency responders arrived at an address in the 4400 block of U.S. Highway 50 on Tuesday morning, following a 911 call from a home at the address, officials said.

“Any time there’s an incident like this, they always investigate it further, just to make sure there isn’t any child abuse or negligence involved,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Megan Terlecky said. “If there is child abuse or neglect involved, they’ll take the appropriate steps, and pursue charges.”

There’s an open investigation into the circumstances of the incident, Terlecky said.

The child was burned on his upper torso, Terlecky said, and is being treated at Children’s Hospital in Aurora for his injuries.

As to the specific circumstances that led to the child being burned so severely, “It was reported to us that the child caught himself on fire, but we’re still investigating that, to see if that indeed is what happened,” Terlecky said.


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