A toddler is barely holding onto her life after a nurse bathed her in scalding hot water and the child received third-degree burns.
Nurse Ellen Ejimkanye, who was hired to care for 20-month-old Destiny Abdelmalek, decided to dress the girl’s wounds herself instead of calling 911 when skin began falling off Destiny’s feet.
When the girl’s mother, Miriam Khella, took Destiny in her arms the child began to scream and push away.
“I knew there was something definitely wrong,” Khella said. “I looked down at her feet and they were bright red, and there was no skin on them inside the sandals.”
Khella dialed 911 immediately and began to scream at Ejimkanye.
“What did you do,” Khella cried. “What did you do to her?”
Destiny is currently being treated for third-degree burns, which cover 20 percent of her body, at St. Barnabas Hospital. Since the girl was born prematurely, doctors fear her already weak lungs could collapse.
Ejimkanye was charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse.