Nebraska man accused of dunking 3-month-old’s head under scalding hot water

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A 19-year-old Buffalo County man was arrested after his 3-month-old daughter suffered severe burns.

Court documents show Cameron Shannon is charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

Shannon and his girlfriend brought their daughter to the Kearney Regional Medical Center on March 25.

The infant had burns that covered her face, and they had scabbed over by the time she received medical care, according to an arrest affidavit.

Shannon told the doctor he’d been bathing his daughter when the water suddenly became extremely hot. He said the baby was in the water for about five seconds before he pulled her out.

The affidavit says the infant was then taken to a doctor at Children’s Hospital in Omaha, who told investigators Shannon’s story wasn’t true.

While in Omaha, doctors found that the infant had two fractures in her foot and a possibly fractured rib. After the discovery, the infant was taken into foster care.

On Monday, an investigator spoke with Shannon at his home.

Shannon told authorities that he struggled with anger and that he’d get frustrated when his daughter would cry.

He said he was upset that she’d been crying and spitting up, so he turned on the hot water in his sink and dunked the baby’s face under the water, according to the arrest affidavit.

Investigators asked Shannon how his daughter’s bones had been broken, but he requested an attorney after the question.

He was then arrested and placed in the Buffalo County Jail.

His bond was set at $200,000. He must pay 10%, or $20,000, to be released.

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