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.