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Utah man arrested for allegedly burning toddlers with hot water

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Austin Woolsey, 24, was arrested on two counts of child abuse, a second-degree felony, according to a probable cause affidavit. (Photo: Washington County Jail){ }

A Utah man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly burning two toddlers with hot water.

Austin Woolsey, 24, is facing two counts of child abuse, a second-degree felony, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Two children were taken to a hospital in Washington County with second-degree burns that covered a large portion of their bodies.

A 2-year-old boy had a large burn on his left side, covering the area from under his arm, across the side of the his torso to the diaper line.

Police said the burned appeared to look like some sort of hot liquid was poured on the body because the upper burn on the chest stopped with a straight line.

A 3-year-old boy had burn marks on his forehead and neck. The affidavit states the marks appeared to have been made with the same liquid as the other child's.

Police interviewed Austin Tuesday at a local residence. The arresting officer said Woolsey's recollection of events did not correspond with the burns. When asked if Woolsey intentionally put hot water on the kids and if he knew that was wrong, he responded, "Yes."

"Austin said he learned his lesson not to do it again. I asked Austin how he learned his lesson and he replied he felt 'kinda sad,'" the affidavit states.

The relationship between Austin and the children was not mentioned in public police records.

Individuals charged in complaints are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.




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