Bartow man arrested for burning 18-month-old

WINTER HAVEN, FLA. - A Bartow man has been arrested and charged with Aggravated Child Abuse of his 18-month-old child.

Mitchell David Rich, 25, was taking care of the child at a Winter Haven apartment complex while the baby's mother was at work. when the grandmother picked the child up, and noticed redness, blistering, and peeling on the baby's skin.

Rich said the injuries were from the liquid soap used when he gave the baby a bath.

The child was brought to the emergency room where doctors treated burns to the upper face, forehead, and left ear from a scalding hot liquid.

After an investigation the child's injuries, the Winter Haven Police Department realized that Rich's story did not match the doctors' treatment.

Authorities arrested Rich for aggravated child abuse. Rich, who is  being supervised by Florida Department of Corrections for felony probation for a robbery charge out of the state of Virginia, is currently being held in Polk County Jail.

The child has been transferred to Tampa General Hospital for further treatment.

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