North Carolina police have arrested and charged a man in connection with a child abuse investigation from a few months ago.
John Lee Stevenson Jr., of Wilmington, North Carolina, is accused of intentionally burning a 5-year-old boy’s hand, reports Port City Daily.
Wilmington Police Department’s spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay said the 27-year-old man was arrested on Aug. 12 and faces a charge of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.
Police believe the suspect burned the unidentified young boy’s left hand on a stove, and that he did it on purpose, as stated in the official arrest warrant.
Authorities say the incident happened some time between April 11 and 15, but according to Lindsay, the boy did not receive medical treatment until a few days after he sustained the burns. He was eventually taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where doctors treated him for severe burns.
The child has since been released from the hospital, but the burns to his hand are still in the process of being medically treated while he continues working towards recovery, Lindsay said.
At this time, the relationship between Stevenson and the young boy is unclear.
On Aug. 12, officials booked Stevenson at the New Hanover County jail pending a $50,000 secured bond.
ABC 11 reports that in June, police arrested Sgt. Nicholas Young, a North Carolina soldier, on the same charge as Stevenson, after Young took his 17-month-old daughter to a medical center for severe burns on the lower half of her body.
Young told authorities that he accidentally spilled a cup of hot water on the young child when he removed water from the microwave, although police said his story did not match the girl’s injuries, which looked as though somebody had submerged the child in hot water.
There is no word yet on Stevenson’s version of events according to official statements, and it is not yet known when the suspect’s trial will be.