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Florida Man Arrested After Admitting He Poured Scalding Water on 2-Year-Old Girl Who Suffered 2nd-Degree Burns

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Jonathan Lee Howard is seen in a booking photo posted to the Pasco Sheriff's Office on Sept. 25, 2017.

Jonathan Lee Howard is seen in a booking photo posted to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 25, 2017.

Pasco County deputies arrested a Dade City, Florida, man on Sunday after he admitted to pouring scalding water on a toddler.

Deputies arrested 26-year-old Jonathan Lee Howard for child neglect, television station WFTS in Tampa reported.

Investigators said Howard had custodial supervision of the 2-year-old girl at the time of the incident.

The girl suffered second-degree burns on her scalp, torso, arm, vagina, buttocks and leg.

Howard first told deputies he thought the child was burned by a lighter that exploded while he was sleeping, but he later admitted to pouring hot water on her on Saturday.

The child was airlifted Sunday to a local hospital because Howard neglected to take the victim for medical care on Saturday.

Howard is booked at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

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