Updated:LYNN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A 21-year-old man was arraigned on child endangerment charges after two children were burned in a bathtub while in his care last week.
Charles Collins-Robinson was arraigned Wednesday in Lynn District Court, where a judge imposed a $3,000 cash bail and ordered that he stay away from the boys.
Collins-Robinson was babysitting two children on June 18 when they were scalded by hot water. Their father, Joe Young, told FOX 25 his sons, 2-year-old Landon and 3-year-old Leland, were left unattended and Leland managed to turn the hot water on. The boys suffered second degree burns over a large portion of their bodies.
First, Collins-Robinson's father told reporters that his son went to his apartment unit across the hall to use the bathroom, then later told police that his son fell asleep while giving the children a bath.
"It was an accident," he said. "That's all it was. It was an accident."
Collins-Robinson was allegedly living with the Youngs after he was displaced by a fire.
Defense Attorney Lance Sobelman said his client had an agreement where he would get the boys ready for school in the morning and pick them up while their father was at work.
"He referred the children as nephews and to Mr. Young as an uncle and he's been very close to them in the past year. And obviously he's distraught. He's emotional; he was crying at his arraignment, Sobelman said.
Officials say the temperature of faucet water should be no more than 112 degrees. The tub water that burned the children was 131 degrees, according to investigators.As of Sunday, Landon was showing a lot of improvement, and was up and playing with toys, his father said. Landon also has cystic fibrosis, though that has not affected his pain level, Joe said.
Leland, who had over 60-percent of his body burned, is facing a longer road to recovery. However, on Wednesday, doctors were able to remove his breathing tube so he could breathe on his own. He also opened his eyes and was alert for the first time so he was taken off sedation.
Young said he forgives Collins-Robinson and doesn't blame him at all.
"It's a tragic mistake. It really is a tragic mistake. And me getting mad and upset is just gonna take my focus away from my boys," Young said.
Collins-Robinson was held on $3,000 bail and ordered to stay away from the Young boys.
He has another open case for charges of operating under the influence, drug possession and receiving stolen property.
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