2010-01-29 / Front Page

Mom Arrested For Scalding Son

A Rockaway Park mother has been arrested and charged with severely burning her toddler son by deliberately immersing him in scalding hot water, allegedly for having soiled himself, according to a report by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.


The bungalow at 112-34 Rockaway Beach Boulevard where a mother put her toddler in scalding water because he fouled his pull-up. The bungalow at 112-34 Rockaway Beach Boulevard where a mother put her toddler in scalding water because he fouled his pull-up. Brown identified the defendant as Regina Cooper, 30, of 112-34 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Cooper was arraigned on Wednesday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of firstand second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

In a prepared statement, Brown said, “Despite the child’s attempts to get out of the bathtub and his frantic cries, the defendant allegedly held him in the water for a prolonged period of time, resulting in severe scalding over 21 percent of his body. The young child will be permanently scarred – both physically and emotionally – by the experience and the fact that it is his own mother charged with seriously harming him.”

Court papers say that Cooper got upset when she came home around midday on January 25, and was told that her threeyear old son, Barkim Owens, had soiled his pull-ups.

It is alleged that Cooper cursed at her son, stripped him of his clothing and placed him in the bathtub without testing the temperature of the water. She allegedly held him submerged in the water for several minutes while the child screamed, cried and pleaded with his mother to take him out. When she finally pulled him out, his skin that had been submerged began falling off his body.

“She was tired of him messing on himself,” Barkim’s grandmother, Natalie Davis, told Daily News reporters. “She went into the bathroom and ran the water, but she didn’t test how hot [the water] was. I heard the baby hollering. He was screaming ‘it hurts, it hurts.’ I saw the skin falling off him.”

Davis reportedly wrapped the toddler in a blanket while his mother called 911.

Barkim was transported to the Nassau County Medical Center where he was admitted with second-degree burns on his legs, buttocks and genitals.

The investigation was conducted by the New York City Police Department’s 100th Precinct’s Detective Squad, specifically Detectives Brian Driscol, Thomas Marrone and Dominick Andrino.

If convicted, Cooper faces up to 25 years in prison.

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