Toddler suffers burns on backside

Father faces child endangering, drug possession charges

WARREN — A 19-year-old city resident was held Sunday in Trumbull County Jail on child endangering and drug possession charges after police found his son with second- and possibly third-degree burns on his backside.

Tavonn Lee, 200 Forest St. NW, 19, pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs during a jail arraignment Monday in Warren Municipal Court. He was assigned a $1,500 bond.

Lee called police shortly after midnight Sunday after he said he discovered Tavonn Lee Jr., 1, with burns on his body.

Police officers report the infant having peeling inflamed skin covering his entire back, from the top of his shoulders to the bottom of his buttocks and on parts of his legs. The child was crying uncontrollably and would barely move as he lay in the bed, the report read.

Lee told officers he placed the baby in the shower and washed him, which took about three to four minutes. He placed the baby on his back in the shower with the curtain closed when he stepped away to use the restroom, Lee said.

When he returned to dry the baby, Lee said his son’s skin began peeling off. Lee then said he called for an ambulance.

Lee told police the water was not hot enough to burn someone.

According to a second report, a 5-year-old child, who also was being cared for by Lee, told his mother Lee beat him with a belt. The child, according his his mother, had bruising and redness from the middle of his back to the bottom of his buttocks.

Officers took pictures of the 5-year-old’s back.

Lee was arrested at 4:31 a.m. Sunday on child endangering charges.