A 1-year-old girl has died after being burned so severely that her skin peeled off, and now her father is accused of causing the horrific injuries, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
Authorities on Friday charged 20-year-old Derek Anthony Shockley, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, with second-degree murder in connection with his daughter’s death.
Shockley had been arrested Dec. 18 and was initially charged with first-degree domestic battery and endangering the welfare of a minor.
But prosecutors decided to pursue the murder charge after the girl died Thursday at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. She had developed organ failure and septic shock from the burns, Jacksonville Police Department spokesman April Kiser told the news outlet.
Two-thirds of the girl’s body had been burned.
Shockley told police that after the girl soiled herself, he put her in a shower. The extreme heat of the water, which officers measured was about 153 degrees Fahrenheit, burned the girl and ultimately led to her skin peeling off.
As of Friday, Shockley was in the Pulaski County Jail on all three charges, according to a roster of the jail’s inmates.
Shockley had been on a $7,500 bond for the charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, but there was no updated information yet about bond on the murder charge.
Jacksonville is about 17 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Parents elsewhere have been criminally charged for burning their children in scalding hot water. For instance, in January a Florida mother was charged with manslaughter after her 1-year-old was burned in a bath and later died. And authorities in Montana charged a father with aggravated assault in 2017 after his toddler sustained serious burns from a shower.