A little over a week ago, we told you the story of an 18-year-old mother who held her 7-week-old baby under scalding hot water for two to three minutes to punish him for crying. At the time the baby was still recovering in the intensive care unit, but unfortunately on Saturday morning he passed away.
At 9 weeks old, Emilio Jesus Bautista could no longer sustain the injuries caused when his mother held him under 142-degree water. The little one suffered from severe burns to his head, chest, arms, and even his eyes and ears. The incident happened around 1 pm April 17 but it took the boy’s mother, Chekayla Dampier, until 10 pm to bring her severely injured child to a hospital in Port Richey. He was immediately airlifted by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital for treatment in the facility’s Pediatric Burn Unit where he passed away this weekend.
Initially, Chekayla was charged with child abuse causing great bodily harm after she confessed to holding the baby under the scalding water because he wouldn’t stop crying. Although that charge will likely now be increased following the infant’s death, investigators have only said the case remains under investigation. Chekayla, who is unemployed and has a long history of arrests for thefts and other non-violent crimes, remains at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center on $150,000 bond. There’s been no mention of the child’s father at all.