RENO, NV - An agency known for giving safe haven to endangered children is at the center of an investigation. They say an accident left a toddler in their custody with severe burns. Now the boy's father is crying "foul". “There was an accidental injury to a young child in which coffee was spilled on the child that was reported to us on June 5th” says Kevin Schiller, Director of Washoe County Department of Social Services.
The incident at Kids Kottage left Rashen Moody's 17 month old son with second degree burns to his arm, chest and back. According to Moody, he was told a volunteer left the hot coffee in reach of the toddler while she attended to another matter. While her attention was diverted the coffee spilled, scalding the child. That accident is now under investigation by the state.
Family practice doctor Helen Gray says scalding by hot liquid is a common type of burn injury for curious young children. “It's even reported in some studies that up to 88 percent of burn injuries in children under five are scalding type injuries,” she says. Moody wonders why an agency charged with caring for kids wouldn't know better than to leave hot liquids in reach. Kevin Schiller says he's awaiting the results of the state investigation, which will be public record like all investigations of foster agencies, but says this type of incident is significant because it is rare in the history of the shelter.
Initially the boy was removed from his home because of a history of domestic violence between his parents. Rashen Moody admits he was arrested on a charge of domestic violence. The couple has now separated and the boy returned home to his mother Friday.
According to Moody he is doing well.