April 18, 2012

Chekayla Dampier - Charged With Burning Baby So Severely, Child's Skin And Nipple Fell Off

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Port Richey, Fla. (The Weekly Vice) - Chekayla Ariel Dampier, an 18-year-old Florida woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly scorched off her baby son's nipple because he wouldn't stop crying.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Dampier became frustrated when her 7-week-old son wouldn't stop crying.

In retaliation, Dampier placed the infant into a wash tub and ran scorching hot water over his head and body for several minutes. Forensics experts estimated the water temperature to be approximately 142 degrees.

Dampier told investigators that the baby's skin started to "bubble" and that parts of it came off when she tried to dry the infant with a towel.

Dampier called the baby's godmother and initially claimed that someone else had burned the child. The godmother took the child to North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey at around 10 p.m. Monday. The child was then transferred to the pediatric burn unit at Tampa General Hospital.

As of Wednesday the child was listed in critical condition.

Investigators say the baby was burned so severely, parts of skin and the child's nipple fell off when paramedics attempted to remove his clothing.

Dampier was booked into the Pasco County Jail and charged with aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm. Her bail has been set at $150,000.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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