Police searching for man allegedly involved in burning of 15-month-old


Decatur - Police are searching for a man they believe endangered the life and health of a child.

According to a sworn statement, police arrested the girlfriend of Lorenzo Harper. She told police a false story about her 15-month-old child, who suffered from second degree burns.

21-year-old Abby Brady, told police on February 10th her child's right hand and fingers on her left hand were burned. Brady took the child to St. John's Hospital the following day. A surgery was performed due to the severity of the burns.

Brady told police she was boiling a pot of water to clean up a spill on the floor. She then placed the pot on the floor and walked out of the room to get a towel, when she returned the child had placed their hand in the boiling water. Brady did not believe the burns to be that bad.

She purchased burn cream and wrap from the pharmacy. When she took the wrap off the next morning she noticed skin falling off of her child's arm. Brady took the child to the hospital.

After telling police her false story she broke down in tears and told police she was not home at the time the incident took place.

Lorenzo Harper,24, was at home with her two children at the time of the incident. Brady told police that the water out of the tap is extremely hot. She does not believe that Harper would intentionally hurt her children, however she was unsure of the story he told her.

Brady is charged with obstructing justice and endangering the life and health of a child, she is being held on a $50,000 bond. Police have issued a warrant for Harper.

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