‘I didn’t want to lose custody’: Baby dies from bath burns after ‘mom’ refuses to call 911: Police

A Florida woman is behind bars after she reportedly refused to call 911 after her 1-year-old little boy was severely injured from bath burns on Weds. The toddler’s injuries were so severe that he passed away the following day.

The Miami Herald reports that Christina Marie Hurt, 35, was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter after she allegedly left while her toddler son, Ethan, was placed in scalding bath water when she took out the trash. The incident happened on Weds. evening in Homestead. The suspect’s younger children, according to a police report, turned the bath water on and attempted to bathe the baby, causing severe burns on his torso and toes.

‘The defendant subsequently learned that while her 10-year-old daughter was attempting to bathe the victim, the defendant’s 4-year-old son made the bathwater extremely hot, causing the victim to sustain severe burns from his mid torso to the toes. The defendant stated that when she observed the victim’s injuries she dropped because the victim’s skin was burned and peeling.”

Hurt decided against calling for help, according to police, and instead gave Ethan juice and Tylenol. The following day, after dropping her older children off at school, the suspect reportedly took the injured baby to a friend’s “flophouse,” around 10 miles away in Goulds.

According to witnesses at the home, Ethan appeared extremely ill and lethargic. Yet, even after the witnesses urged Hurt to get medical help, she refused. When he stopped breathing, witnesses said Hurt took Ethan outside put him on an mattress. At some point, someone called 911, but by the time paramedics arrived, the little boy was completely unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hurt reportedly told authorities she didn’t want to lose custody of her son, so she decided against calling for medical assistance. She was arrested and booked into to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Hurt remains behind bars on a $100,000 bond.

[Feature Photo: Christina Hurt and son, Ethan/Handout/Miami-Dade Corrections]