Wyandotte Parents Arrested for Allegedly Scalding Children's Feet in Tub of Hot Water

Wyandotte police and fire officials found a 4-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy with severe burns.

A Wyandotte couple who police say has a history of drug use are accused of forcing their two young children to stand in steaming hot water for so long that the youngsters' feet were severely burned.

Wyandotte police arrested the pair on child abuse charges at their house in the 300 block of Kings Highway on Nov. 7. 

Wyandotte Police Chief Daniel Grant said the 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy have since been placed in the custody of their grandparents while the case is being reviewed by Child Protective Services.

The parents have been released from custody, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. They've been ordered not to be in the same house as their children until the case is resolved, Grant said. 

Wyandotte Fire Department paramedics, who first arrived to the home on the day of the incident, determined that both children had burns on their feet, Grant said.

They also reported that both parents appeared to be heavily under the influence of narcotics. Police later found more than 100 Vicodin and Xanax pills in the pockets of the 28-year-old father, Grant said.

The grandparents, who also reside at the home, told police they initially heard the children screaming and crying in the upstairs portion of the home.

When the noise didn’t subside, the grandfather went up to check on things and found the children in the bathroom, standing in the bathtub of steaming hot water, unable to get out.

He told police he removed both children from the water, while the father sat unresponsive on the toilet.

Police talked to the father, and the 24-year-old mother, before arresting them, and said both appeared to be heavily under the influence of narcotics, as neither of them seemed to understand the severity of the situation.

The grandparents confirmed to police that the couple has had a problem with prescription drug abuse for some time.

Both children were taken to Children’s Hospital of Michigan for treatment and were later released, Grant said. 

Art Zasadny November 17, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Very sad...
Julia Kovach November 17, 2012 at 01:39 AM
An addiction to prescription medication is no excuse for such horrendous behavior. I was addicted for almost 40 years to the same meds (clean almost two) . . . and I never even shouted at a child, let alone, did something like this. Deeply deeply disturbing. May God be with those children.
Megan Maiani November 17, 2012 at 01:48 AM
There has got to be stricter policy on prescription drugs...they are given out way to easily. Prayers go out to both the grandparents and the children, as well as the parents who will need continued support in a chance to change their lives at such a young age.
Mary Coyne November 17, 2012 at 01:49 AM
And that is the block where my childhood home is located. Horrible. Which prove that this happens anywhere....but it never should have happened in the first place.
Nay November 17, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Just because one person reacts to a specific drug or addiction, doesn't mean all people will react the same way. This is a horrible incident, I will be praying for those babies, but don't assume that just because one person was a functioning addict with no violent actions, means that all addicts will be that way.
khris brunson November 17, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Nay, wth does the addiction part have to do with the severity of the abuse? Those children were the innocent party in an abusive situation. Whether on pills or not, for them people to act that way, shows they have the mentality to be abusive with NO remorse for their young children. I say we take all their pain pills away and make them stand in scalding hot water. See how they like it. Sick sick people in this world.
Malory toth November 23, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I say someone leaves erica and her stupid boyfriend in a bathtub full of scalding water. And to not even ask about the safety of your kids after your in jail.... sounds like your withdrawal is more important.
USMC1775 November 27, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I agree with Malory
miranda December 07, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Praying for the babies though!!
Lola Laslo February 02, 2013 at 07:18 AM
There should be a law that when parents cannot parent due to severe abuse and addictions, they should be FIXED so that no more children will be born to these people and have to suffer like this. In this case, SCALD their parts.


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