Child hospitalized for severe burns from oven cleaner


Decatur - A man has been arrested for aggravated battery to a child, after police arrived to Decatur Memorial Hospital for a report of a child who had severe burns.


Police say a 14-month-old boy had severe burns on the back, stomach, and other areas of the body. Cory Patterson, 24, told police that while the child was in his care, the child climbed into the shower causing the burns.


Medical staff did not believe that burns were from water, and appeared to be more chemical. The child was transferred to Springfield Memorial Hospital to be treated by burn specialists. The burns on his back and buttocks were second degree burns, he suffered from first degree burns on the stomach. The child did not receive medical treatment immediately following the burns.


Patterson admitted to police that he sprayed oven cleaner on the back of the child. The cleaner began to foam up. Patterson took him to the bathtub to rinse the cleaner off, causing the cleaner to run over the rest of his body.


The child was not taken in for medical treatment until 14-hours after the incident. The child is being monitored for the burns at Springfield Memorial Hospital.  


Patterson is being held in the Macon County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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