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Queens babysitter scalds toddler for refusing to wash hands: DA

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NEW YORK — New York City prosecutors say a babysitter is accused of holding a 2-year-old boy’s hand under hot water, scalding him so severely that he may require surgery because he wouldn’t wash his sticky hands.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 20-year-old Yvette Douglas was arrested on felony assault and child endangerment charges.

Authorities say the incident occurred Tuesday morning while Douglas was watching 2-year-old Reyes Cosme and his 3-year-old sister.

His mother, Faleeza Omar, told police she got a phone call saying Reyes had been burned because he pulled a pot of boiling water off the stove.

The child was rushed to the hospital and after being examined by medical personnel, it was determined that the babysitter’s original account was not consistent with the toddler’s injuries.

After an investigation, police say Douglas told them that when Reyes was eating waffles, he got syrup on his hands and refused to wash them, which angered her. So she says she held the toddler’s hands under the water in the kitchen sink for about two minutes, switching the warm water to hot while he cried.

Brown says Cosme suffered burns to both sides of his hands and may require surgery.

Douglas was awaiting arraignment Thursday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether she had an attorney.