A 2-year-old girl suffered “skin-peeling” burns to her torso and other burns to her neck and thigh at about noon Monday when officials said she pulled down the cord of a crockpot full of hot water used to heat baby bottles at a YMCA child care center in Piqua.
The girl was taken by CareFlilght to Children’s Hospital of Dayton with non-life threatening injuries, according to Piqua police
“We’re just looking at this as an accident,” said Piqua police Deputy Chief Tom Steiner. “Due to the age of the child and the type of injuries, they CareFlighted her mostly as a precaution.”
A spokesperson for the hospital said Monday afternoon that the girl was in “fair” condition.
The 911 call came in at 12:03 p.m. Monday from the child care facility at 300 West High St. During the call, a woman identifying herself as a teacher told a dispatcher that the little girl’s skin was badly peeling off her torso and that the girl was crying. The woman said workers were putting cool cloths on the child, who was only wearing a diaper when the call was made to 911. The medic unit is only about a block from the daycare center.
The YMCA’s executive director, Jim McMaken, said the incident took place in a food preparation or kitchenette-type area that is near where young children are given their noon meal.
McMaken drove from Piqua to the hospital and was in contact with the girl’s family. “Any time you see a child injured, as a parent, it certainly causes you to get upset,” McMaken said.
He said the family drove to the hospital because the girl was being airlifted before her parents could have gotten to the YMCA. The girl is regularly at the child care center, which McMaken said has a staff-participant ratio that exceeds state requirements.
A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Miami County YMCA/Alexander Davis Child Care Center is a fully-licensed childcare facility last checked Oct. 29, 2012. The YMCA location was found to be fully compliant with just a few, minor “paperwork” issues. The one serious issue was that a tiller/seeder machine was being used for landscaping in an area the inspector deemed too close to children.
McMaken said there’s never been injuries more serious than falling down or bumping a chin on the slide at the facility, which he said provides child care for children aged six weeks to 12 years old.”Fortunately, there’s been nothing of what I would consider this consequential.”