COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Fort Carson soldier is in custody, accused of causing severe burns on his 4-month-old child.
Specialist Skyler Hamilton, a Cavalry Scout with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division faces a child abuse charge, a Class 3 felony.
According to Hamilton's affidavit, he was home alone with the baby Wednesday afternoon. He told police 4-month-old Wolf Hamilton woke up from a nap with a dirty diaper, so he bathed him in the bathtub for about 10 to 15 minutes. He said the water was fine not hot. And Wolf wasn't upset. He said he wrapped the baby in a towel and set him down briefly to get his bottle. When he returned, he opened the towel and saw that the baby's skin was peeling off. Hamilton later told police that before bathing Wolf, he held him under hot running water in the bathroom sink for about two minutes.
The affidavit said Hamilton took a photo of the baby and sent it to his wife on his phone, and that at that moment his roommate came home and advised him to take the baby to the hospital.
The baby was scalded and suffered second-degree burns on 9 percent of his body, mostly on the left side of his torso, from the nipple to the waist. He had some burns on the inside of the left upper-arm area and around the genitals. He also had "petechiae," reddish or purple spots on his right side and back. Doctors later said they could be from the baby crying very hard.
The El Paso County Department of Human Services said injuries like these can be accidental or caused by lack of thought or education.
"Children, especially really small children, infants specifically, have very sensitive skin, and so what you and I might think is appropriate water temperature for ourselves is not the same as the appropriate water temperature for a child," Karen Logan said. "What I could handle for a bath would probably cause some pretty significant injuries to an infant. And so we really have to remember that and understand that not all parents know that."
Logan said they work with families to keep the children safe, giving them the education and services they need. She said they always try to keep the families together, as long as it's safe. Removal of a child is the last resort.
According to Hamilton's affidavit, doctors noted that the baby was the appropriate size and weight for his age. They didn't see any suspicious bruises and a chest X-ray didn't show any broken bones.