Tennessee mom arrested in death of toddler son who was burned in scalding bath water

Mother arrested in death of toddler son who was burned in scalding bath water

UNION CITY, Tenn. — A Tennessee mother is behind bars after police said her toddler son died from wounds he sustained in a scalding bath.

According to WKRN and WPSD, authorities arrested Laureen McArthur, 27, of Union City, on negligent homicide and child abuse charges in the Nov. 14 death of the 14-month-old boy.

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In a Facebook post Tuesday, Union City police said officers began investigating the case Nov. 10 after a child with burn wounds was admitted to an area hospital. Investigators determined that the boy had been “scalded by bath water over 47% of his body,” according to the post.

The toddler died four days later in an Arkansas hospital burn unit, police said.

Authorities later arrested the boy’s mother, McArthur, in Alabama and extradited her to Obion County, Tennessee, on Monday, according to the Facebook post.

PRESS RELEASE On 11/10/20 officers responded to Union City Baptist Memorial Hospital in reference to a 14 month old...

Posted by Union City, Tennessee, Police Department on Tuesday, December 1, 2020

No further information was immediately available.

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