Mesa Police have arrested the parents of a 4-year-old boy who suffered from severe burns, without medical treatment, for nearly two weeks.
They said his mother threw a pot of boiling water at her husband during a fight in late July and it landed on the child as well.
Officers conducting a welfare check at the home on Friday discovered the boy hidden in a bedroom closet.
Child Protective Services had received a report of a boy with serious burns at the address.
At first, the couple told police the child was not home and staying with a relative, court paperwork stated.
Aaron Roland, 29, of Mesa, and Joscilin Smith, were arrested and booked into jail on child abuse charges.
Smith is also charged with domestic violence.
Both parents left the home multiple times during the 13-day period and had opportunities to take their son to seek treatment, according to a probable cause statement.
The couple reportedly treated the child with creams and bandages purchased at the store.
"The father had gone out and gotten medical attention right away, that day, and got himself taken care of," said Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato. "But, the parents feared that, apparently with their history, that they might lose their children if they were to call and get medical attention for the child."
According to court documents, Smith and Roland - who have seven children between the ages of one and 10 - have had multiple run-ins with CPS in Arizona and Wisconsin.
"Had that child received medical attention the same time that the father did - very likely not looking at as serious a condition as he is in now," said Landato.
Landato said the 4-year-old boy is being treated at Maricopa Medical Center's Burn Unit for second-degree burns to his back, leg, arm, and shoulder.
His brothers and sisters are now in CPS custody.
"I'm just hoping that the kids are in a safe environment right now," said neighbor Sammie-Jo Olson. "That's all that I'm hoping and care for, to be completely honest with you, because I think every child needs to be able to fall asleep each night on a pillow and feel safe."
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