Updated: 06/29/2014 11:13 PM
Created: 06/29/2014 6:50 PM WHEC.com
A Sodus father is trying to set the record straight after he says he accidentally burned his five-month-old son in scalding hot water.
The Wayne County Times is reporting that Brandon Bellinger, 26, is facing multiple charges including endangering the welfare of a child.
“I would never hurt my baby,” Bellinger said.
Bellinger says he placed Matheson in a small sink in the kitchen and turned on the water. He says he left to get a towel, got distracted by a movie on TV and then heard screaming. Bellinger says he ran to his son and saw he was burned from the scalding water. He says he immediately turned the cold water on and rushed the baby to the hospital.
“Accidents can happen so fast, so supervision is key,” said Dr. Lynette Froula from the Pediatric Emergency Medicine unit at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Doctor Froula says young kids are burned every day, most commonly from scalding hot water.
Police say the water was 132 degrees.
Bellinger says it was an honest mistake, one that’s been hard for the entire family.
“I feel bad. I feel horrible. It’s killing me on the inside, and I just want people to know that it wasn’t intentional. It was an accident,” he said.
Bellinger and his fiancé say Matheson is recovering, but Dr. Froula says the burns could take a while to heal.
“Younger children, infants in general, have thinner skin compared to adults, so a hot liquid can penetrate deeper layers much faster and more easily. They get significant injuries from the same exposure,” said Dr. Froula
Bellinger says he took a polygraph test to show investigators he didn’t intentionally burn his son, but he’s also taking extra precautions to make sure something like this never happens again.
“I’m trying to do all the right things. I’m starting parenting classes, so that’s a step in the right direction,” said Bellinger.
Bellinger is due back in Sodus Town Court on July 9.