Lynn father gives update after young sons burned in bathtub

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(MyFoxBoston.com) -- A Lynn father whose boys were burned in a bathtub called the incident a "tragic mistake" and said he is focusing his energy on helping his sons recover.

Joe Young spoke with FOX 25's Heather Hegedus about Landon, 2, and Leland, 3, and discussed their conditions.

The boys were being watched by their babysitter Wednesday morning, and when they were left unattended, Leland managed to turn the hot water on and the boys suffered second degree burns over a large portion of their body.

The Lynn Fire Department is still investigating, but they do believe that the water was hotter than 130 degrees. State law prohibits water heaters from being set above 130 degrees.

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 was burned over 60 percent of his body, is still sedated, and is facing a longer road to recovery. Even though he is unconscious, Joe said Leland still responds to his father's voice when he is in the room, and moves his fingers when his dad grabs his hand.

"It's comforting that he knows I'm there," Joe said.

Though it is still unclear exactly what happened, Joe said he was on his way to work when he got the call that his boys were injured. The babysitter, 21-year-old Charlie Collins, was apologizing.

"Obviously he left them unattended," Joe said, but added that he still did not have all the details. "I'm leaving that up to the Lynn police."

"Every morning the boys take a bath, have a snack, get on the school bus," and head to daycare, Joe said.

Charlie has apologized to Joe since the incident, and Joe called it a "tragic mistake."

"Me getting mad and upset is just going to take my focus away from the boys, and that's where my focus needs to stay right now," he said.

Anyone who would like to follow the boys' progress or send well wishes is encouraged to go to their Facebook page, Young Boys' Recovery.

Additionally, there will be a fundraiser cut-a-thon for the boys on Sunday, June 29 at Casual Cuts at 637 Lowell St. in Peabody. All proceeds will go toward the Young Boys' Recovery Trust Fund, which has been established to help cover Leland and Landon's long-term medical expenses.