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Hurricane Man Arrested After Allegedly Burning Toddlers With Hot Water


HURRICANE, Utah – A 24-year-old man was arrested after police said he admitted to pouring hot water on two toddlers.

According to a probable cause statement, Austin Woolsey, of Hurricane, was booked into jail on two counts of intentional child abuse Tuesday.

The document said a 2-year-old boy had a large burn on his left side that ran from under his arm and chest and dropped down across the torso to the diaper line, and a 3-year-old boy had burns on his forehead and neck area. Both children were hospitalized with second-degree burns.

Police said hot liquid caused both burns.

Officers did not explain what led up to the children being burned, nor did they explain Woolsey’s relationship with the children.

Police said Woolsey’s explanations of what happened did not add up and Woolsey later admitted to pouring water on the children.

The arresting officer also asked Woolsey if he knew it was wrong to pour hot water on the children and he said “yes.” The officer also asked if Woolsey learned his lesson not to do it again, and Woolsey answered “yes.”

The officer followed up by asking how he learned his lesson and Woolsey said “he felt kinda sad.”

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