An Ottawa County man waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in connection with the burning a 2-year-old boy, court officials said.
John D. Cellner, 24, of Wyandotte, is charged in Ottawa County District Court with child abuse after spraying his girlfriend's 2-year-old son with hot scalding water.
Court records indicate that child suffered second- and third-degree burns over half of his body.
Clarissa Pierce, 22, of Wyandotte, is also charged with one count of child neglect.
Authorities believe Cellner sprayed the child with hot water in the bathroom of the residence for as long as 15 minutes. Cellner told authorities he did not know he was spraying the child with scalding hot water until some of the water got on his hand, Ottawa County Sheriff Terry Durborow said at the time of the arrest.
The child was taken to an Ottawa County medical clinic on July 2 where Cellner told medical personnel he was working on a vehicle and had removed the radiator cap causing hot water to spew from the radiator and burn the child.
The child was transferred to a Tulsa hospital burn where he underwent skin grafts.
Pierce was charged because the burns occurred on June 27 and she didn't seek professional medical attention until July 2, Durborow said.
Pierce told authorities she did not seek medical treatment for her son because the injuries did not look that bad and the child did not complain of pain until the night before he was taken to the medical clinic, the affidavit states.
Cellner and Pierce are both free on bail, $250,000 and $30,000 respectively. Cellner is due back in court Friday for district court arraignment and Pierce is set to return Oct. 15 for a preliminary hearing.