Nicholas Jeremiah Young, the 23-year-old Fort Bragg paratrooper pictured above, is under arrest for allegedly pouring scalding hot water on his 17-month-old daughter.
The incident has caused police in Spring Lake, North Carolina, to hit Young with counts of felony child abuse, inflicting serious bodily injury, and “maiming without malice,” reports the WBTW news site.
Young and his wife took the child to the Womack Army Medical Center on May 29 and told personnel that, while his spouse was away and he was watching their two small children, he had accidentally burned the 17-month-old when removing a hot cup of water from the microwave.
Upon examination, staff determined that the injuries they were seeing did not line up with the story they were being told.
The next day, the child was taken to the UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill and was determined to have third-degree burns. She remains hospitalized at the center, the site notes.
A statement from Spring Lake Police agreed, stating that the injuries “are consistent with a child being submerged in hot water.”
Nicholas Jeremiah Young is assigned to Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division. At this time, neither the WBTW nor the WNCN reports have released information regarding any questioning that may have been done with Young once under arrest, but the Inquisitr will keep you posted as the story develops.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first case of a father being accused of abusing his young child in the last few weeks. A previous report that the Inquisitr shared followed the case of Anthony Estrada, a teen parent who took his two-week old baby boy to a hospital after the infant started acting strangely.
Medical personnel felt the injuries were consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome, and the last report this site received had the youngster clinging to life with severe brain damage.
That report caused many to question whether teens made for viable parents, but as you can see with the case of Young, who is 23, it’s not a problem exclusive to “babies having babies,” as one commenter put it.
What do you think about cases like this and the Nicholas Jeremiah Young case, readers? What level of maturity do you think a person should have to reach before they can be considered a fit parent? And do you think that there should be laws in place to prevent people of certain backgrounds from having children? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
[Image of Nicholas Jeremiah Young via Spring Lake Police c/o WBTW, linked above]