Lubbock man arrested for scalding 3-year-old in bath

Published: Jan. 18, 2012 at 9:14 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:49 AM CST
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Trenard Nunley
Trenard Nunley
Photo of injured child provided by family
Photo of injured child provided by family

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock man is behind bars accused of intentionally placing a 3-year-old in scalding hot water.

Trenard Nunley, 20, is charged with Injury to a child knowingly causing serious bodily injury.

Doctors say the child had burns that covered 35% of his body.

According to the arrest warrant, when the child was taken to the hospital, he told doctors "my daddy put me in the bath tub and left me there until I cried.

When asked about red marks on his eye, the toddler also told doctors that he was hit with a chair.

Nunley told police that he lied about his original accounts of what happened. In the most recent interview with investigators, he told police that he fell asleep and woke up to discover the child had urinated on himself.

Records state that Nunley admitted to holding the toddler in the water for 'like a minute,' noticed the water was hot, and then took him out of the tub.

Nunley told authorities he put the child back in the water for a 'couple of minutes.' He stated that he did not think it was going to be that severe of a burn 'but evidently it was.'

He also told police he pushed the child down to the bottom of the tub on the mat, for a minute and a half 'at the max.'

The child was kicking and tried to stay out of the water.

The child remains in the ICU at UMC. Doctors have told family that he's recovering well, and they're waiting to decide if the child will need surgery.

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