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Baby burnt

Eight-month-old Jalani, being watched by his father Jamar Jn-Marie, sustained first degree burns to his left foot while being given a bath by a day care provider. (Pictures by Maria Bradshaw.)

By Maria Bradshaw | Wed, August 14, 2013 - 1:20 AM

A young manis calling for a thorough investigation into how his eight-month-old baby boy received first degree burns on his left foot and lower torso while being given a bath at the day nursery which he attends.

Jamar Jn-Marie said he was told by Donna Sargeant, the operator of Precious Jewels Day Nursery, Back Ivy, St Michael,  that she was giving the baby a bath in the sink and she mistakenly turned on the hot water; then she turned away to do something with another child and the baby accidentally got burnt.

But Jn-Marie said she told the police that she did not realize that she had turned on the hot water.

The 25-year-old man said the incident happened last Thursday and his son Jalani suffered burns to his left thigh, testicles and penis. He would also require specialist treatment for the burns to his penis.


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Posted by D. Stoute 1 year, 2 months ago
She TURNED AWAY to do something with another child, while giving a baby a bath? Madam, if this is how it went down you might be in the wrong business. You are charged with caring for other people's precious little ones. This is gross, gross negligence on your part.

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Posted by SANDREA BUTCHER 1 year, 2 months ago
How could the provider be giving the baby a bath and "turn away"? Man, you mix the water, then bathe the babies in a tub. This is negligence.

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Posted by Terri Hoyte 1 year, 2 months ago
This needs investigating

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Posted by Rosalie Rose 1 year, 2 months ago
That lady should never have discussed this with the police, but should have consulted with an attorney.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 2 months ago
Very sad indeed, but it seem more accidental than negligent. Some nurseries are overcrowded and understaffed and while I hope it has nothing to do with the ratio of kids to attendant, even adequate staffing does not prevent such occurances. A relative of mine was once placed in a tub under the running hotwater and had got his back/ buttocks badly burnt.
I hope this nursery is covered to ensure this child's best medical attention.

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Posted by arlene Browne 1 year, 2 months ago
Lord father, here my cry! Look how Dodds would have welcomed another inmate.

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Posted by Nikki Jonas 1 year, 2 months ago
OH MY GOODNESS! This just broke my heart. That poor baby. Just thinking about it is making my skin walk. I hope and pray none of the injuries are permanent. I have a baby boy and I cannot begin to imagine what that father is feeling.

That day care operator needs to be hit with the full weight of the law. The authorities better not let this one slide. If this was America, she would be arrested charged immediately with endangering the life of a child or some similar offence. For goodness sakes, as a childcare provider how could you possibly leave a baby unattended in a bath or sink or whatever with running water??? Safety 101. Besides the burn, which is horrible enough, that baby could have drowned. It only takes 2 inches of water.

Is she even qualified in child care? Clearly, she needs to have her licence (if she even has one) revoked immediately. There is no way she should be entrusted with the lives of children. God knows what else happens that the parents don't know about.

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Posted by Col Cam 1 year, 2 months ago
When bathing any baby, mix water, test with elbow, once water is warm enough, put child in water.Never leave a child unattended in water. This is careless. Child could have drowned. Sad.

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Posted by Terri Hoyte 1 year, 2 months ago
In the whole story in the Nation the father found out that the daycare is not even registered, this woman has no license and most likely no insurance.

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Posted by Rens D 1 year, 2 months ago
I know this must have been torment for both the parents and the child; however, has this provider been found to be previously negligent? Mistakes happen....let's take a moment not to crucify her!

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 2 months ago
"Foot" or LEG?

Does correct anatomical description count?

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