Toddler severely burned after falling into Yellowstone thermal feature

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A view of the “Crested Pool” hot spring in Yellowstone National Park is seen in this photo from June 2, 2011. (Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

A view of the “Crested Pool” hot spring in Yellowstone National Park is seen in this photo from June 2, 2011. (Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

A 3-year-old child has been severely burned after falling in a thermal feature in Yellowstone National Park. Park officials say the child ran off a trail Friday near Midway Geyser Basin on the park’s western side.

The child slipped and fell into the small thermal feature.

The child was flown to a burn unit at a hospital in Idaho Falls with second-degree burns to the lower body and back. Park officials say they’re investigating.

The child’s identity, condition and whether the child was a boy or girl weren’t immediately available.

The child is the second person burned in a Yellowstone thermal feature this year. A woman backing up and taking photos fell into a hot spring or fumarole near Old Faithful Geyser in May.

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