State Police Investigators in Williamson were called in after a 5 month-old baby was treated at Strong Memorial Hospital with severe burns to his lower body. The child remained in the hospital for a week after receiving second degree burns when his father, Brandon Bellinger, age 26 of Ridge Road in Sodus, placed the child in a small tub in the kitchen sink and turned on the water.
Bellinger then became distracted by a movie on television and, after hearing a scream, realized the child was badly burned by the scalding water. Police later tested the temperature coming out of the faucet at 132º. At first, Bellinger told police that perhaps the baby hit the hot faucet on its own, but later admitted the movie distraction.
Police indicated the baby was held in the hospital for a week to monitor and assure no infections had set in.
The child’s mother was at work at the time of the incident. The case was investigated by the Wayne County Child Protective Services.
Bellinger was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Assault in the 3rd Degree and Making a Punishable False Written Statement. He was released on appearance tickets for Sodus Town Court on July 9th.