Mother: Baby Eson hasn't laughed or smiled since burning

April 19, 2017 07:30 PM

The mother of a seven-month-old baby who was badly burned last week is heartbroken over what happened.

Pulley says, "Since we have been in the hospital, my baby hasn't laughed or smiled at me once. It is really really hard."

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Doctors at Strong say the water that caused the burns to baby Eson's back, bottom, legs and feet was 142 degrees. Experts say scalding burns are the number one way children under five get burned. Third degree burns can happen in a matter of seconds.

Right now, Eson is in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. He had to have a blood transfusion on Wednesday. His mother held back tears explaining his burns and how she is waiting her baby boy fight to get better.

"He was really active," says Essence Pulley. "He was almost walking. This is going to slow him down with walking. He will have to get physical therapy. He was a really, really humble baby! He would smile all the time and laugh."

Essence says the boy's father dropped him off at Eson's great aunt's house, who was babysitting him, and that is where he was burned. The great aunt told us the boy was dropped off to her 12-year-old daughter; no adults were home. She claims this was an accident, the baby ran out of wipes and the 12-year-old was trying to clean him up, but the water was too hot.

But, for mom, the story doesn't add up. "My baby, he didn't run out of wipes. That's a fact that I know. This story isn't right. I am not blaming anyone for doing it intentionally, this is family. But the story just isn't right."

Rochester police are investigating, but no arrests have been made. As for Eson, he has a long road ahead, but his mom says he is a fighter. Pulley says, "He has to get skin grafts, a blood transfusion. He is anemic now; his whole body is changing."


Amanda Ciavarri

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