Baby held under scalding water dies, mother jailed

Associated Press Published: April 28, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say the 2-month-old boy whose mother placed him under scalding water for several minutes has died.

A Pasco County sheriff's office press release says Emilio Jesus Bautista died Saturday morning at Tampa General Hospital.

His mother, 18-year-old Chekayla Dampier, is charged with child abuse causing great bodily harm. Authorities say she confessed to holding the baby under the scalding water on April 17 because he wouldn't stop crying. Dampier is being held on $150,000 bail. It was not immediately known if she has an attorney.

The case remains under investigation.

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