Child burned with scalding water in Limestone County flown to Shriner’s Burn Hospital

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The child critically injured by scalding water in Limestone County has been flown to Shriner's Burn Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to the Limestone County Sheriff's Office.

Limestone County Deputies arrested two people on child abuse charges Monday. Derrick Defoe, 29, and Amanda Marie Reyer, 22, are charged with aggravated child abuse. Wednesday, the couple was additionally charged with two counts of first degree domestic violence each.

Limestone County investigators said they received a call Monday from Huntsville Hospital, alerting them to a burned child. The call said Reyer brought her 2-year-old daughter in with second and third degree burns covering more than 80-percent of her body. The child was flown to Birmingham, where she was listed in stable condition, but was later flown to Cincinnati, where she was upgraded to critical condition.

Authorities said Reyer told hospital staff the child fell into a bathtub full of scalding water. When law enforcement arrived at the couple's residence in Limestone County, they found Reyer's boyfriend, Derrick Defoe, with an infant and a 5-year-old child.  They say the 5-year-old child also suffered second degree and third degree burns.

Deputies said the 5-year-old child was also taken to Birmingham for treatment. He remains at the hospital in Birmingham and is still reported in stable condition, according to the Limestone County Sheriff's Office.

The couple was in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. Reyer briefly spoke to the media, stating that she couldn't accompany her child to Birmingham in a helicopter because she exceeded the weight limit set for passengers.

Sheriff Mike Blakely said after the DHR call, investigators went to the home and ran hot water back for the bathtub and determined it was 158°.

The investigation is ongoing.