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Mother accused of burning baby in bath tub appears in court

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Elizabeth Mendez-Marchany told police she left a 20-month-old child alone in a bath tub, which led to serious injuries. (New London Police Department) Elizabeth Mendez-Marchany told police she left a 20-month-old child alone in a bath tub, which led to serious injuries. (New London Police Department)
NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

A 20 month old baby is recovering from hot water burns that covered over 40 percent of his body after his mother placed him in a tub for a bath. 

The child’s 39-year-old mother Elizabeth Mendez-Marchany was in New London Superior Court on Wednesday after being charged with risk of injury

The arrest warrant stated that water was 135 degrees. Mendez-Marchany started to give the baby a bath, but left him there for five to seven minutes while she chased after her daughter.

Mendez-Marchany remains locked up with a bond set at $150,000. Besides risk of injury, Mendez-Marchany was charged with third-degree assault and giving police a false statement. After first responders answered a 911 call to her Bristol Street apartment last month when her baby stopped breathing while getting a bath.

Mendez-Marchany initially told police the baby fell in the tub. But, after further questioning, police said Mendez-Marchany admitted she was preparing a 4-year-old daughter for bed and the 20-month-old boy a bath at the same time. The little girl ran down the stairs and Mendez-Marchany ran after her. Police said she was gone for five to seven minutes leaving the baby in a tub with water running.

The accused stated "it was my mistake because I didn't even look" as she was busy with her daughter.

Attorney Carmine Juliano said his client moved into the apartment just nine days before the baby was injured.

The arrest warrant said a repairman was called to repair some pipe. Then again to turn up the hot water, the temperature was set at 135 degrees.

Juliano said his client’s bond should be reduced because she did not intend to harm the baby. The problem was the hot water.

Judge Williams kept the bond at $150,000. 

The baby is being cared for by his father.

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