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Hempstead woman left 2-year-old in a 'scalding hot bath,' police say

Yenci Elizabeth Lopez of Hempstead  faces arraignment

Yenci Elizabeth Lopez of Hempstead  faces arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.

A 19-year-old woman was arrested and charged with the reckless assault of a child in Hempstead after police said she placed the 2-year-old boy she was caring for into "a scalding hot bath" Sunday at about 6:30 p.m. — and left him there, unattended, for several minutes "despite his screams."

The woman, identified by Nassau County police as Yenci Elizabeth Lopez of Hempstead, was arraigned Monday in First District Court in Hempstead. She was charged with reckless assault of a child by a child day care provider, as well as second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. She was held on $50,000 bail and a temporary order of protection was issued. She was represented by the Legal Aide Society of Nassau County.

Police said Lopez is related to the victim but did not say how to avoid identifying the victim. Police said they do not believe Lopez is any type of licensed child care provider.

Police said the boy suffered burns to approximately 20% of his body and was transported to a local hospital burn unit for treatment of second-degree burns. Police said that in addition to placing the child into the bath where he was burned, Lopez later failed to provide care for the scalded child.

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