Police arrest man for burning 2-year-old with scalding bath

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston police were called to the MUSC Children's Center for reports of child abuse early last month and now a man has been arrested in the case.

Police arrested 26-year-old Reginald Bruce Taylor Jr. Wednesday and charged him with the infliction of great bodily injury to a child.

According to police reports, on Dec. 2, police arrived to find a two-and-a-half-year-old boy with severe second-degree burns. He had been taken to the hospital by his mother and her boyfriend.

Hospital staff told police they were told the burns "were caused by scalding water while the victim was in a bath at the mother's residence" on King Street.

The report says conflicting stories were given and in the end, the director of child abuse "was of the opinion that the child was intentionally abused" based on the child's injuries and burn pattern on his feet, buttocks and genitals.

Police say the child was in the hospital for nearly a month and suffers from permanent disfigurement.

In bond court Thursday, the lead detective on the case said it was the most horrific case he has ever seen.

Taylor's mother, sister and family friend were in court and spoke about his character. They say whatever happened was accidental.

"They call it the terrible twos, they are going to get into things," Taylor's sister Lawanda Jenkins said.

The victim's uncle, Clifton Grant says he wants justice for his nephew.

"It's a sad situation," he said. "I hope he receives the justice that's coming to him."

The child was taken out of the mother's care and was temporarily turned over to his grandmother.

Taylor's bond was set Thursday at $250,000.