A Florida man was arrested after admitting to police that he poured scalding water on a 2-year-old girl.
Deputies arrested Jonathan Lee Howard, 26, on charges of child neglect resulting in serious injury, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The man admitted to the crime after previously saying that the girl received second-degree burns as a result of a lighter exploding.
Investigators say that Howard poured the boiling hot water over most of her head and body, giving the girl severe second-degree burns. He waited a full day before seeking treatment for the toddler, who had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.
Howard has no previous convictions, but told the court at a Sept. 25 hearing that he has been on disability since the age of 15 for "mental" issues.
His relationship to the girl is unknown, but neighbors said that Howard often took care of three children while his wife was at work.
"We are all like why? Why did he do this," neighbor Shirley Odom told WFTS.
"I thought what a nice father, what a good father. Then I heard this and I was horrified."
Howard was booked at the Land O' Lakes Detention Center on a $10,000 bond. A judge ruled that he could contact his wife, but must stay away from the 2-year-old.
A similar story occurred in 2014, when a Missouri mother was accused of pouring extremely hot water on her 2-year-old daughter, according to WDAF.
The girl suffered second-degree burns on her face and body and told doctors: "Mommy is mean." The young girl also told her case worker that the boiling hot water was in a blue bucket and that "Mommy did it."
The toddler's mother, 25-year-old Katie Grimes, told investigators that while she was cleaning she placed two small trashcans with bleach and boiling hot water in the bathtub. She said that she left the room and that her daughter then poured the scalding water on herself.
She waited 24 hours before seeking medical attention for the girl. By that time, the 2-year-old's eyes were almost completely swollen shut.
When the girl's grandparetns asked about the nature of the burns, she responded that "it's bad," but was none of their business.
Grimes was arrested on charges of abuse and neglect. She entered a not-guilty plea and was issued a $150,000 cash bond.