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Fort Carson soldier arrested in connection to infant boy's scalding water burns

By Andrea Sinclair Published: January 14, 2014

A Fort Carson soldier remained in jail Tuesday for allegedly holding his 4-month-old son under hot running water, resulting in the boy being hospitalized for second-degree scald burns.

Skyler Raymond Hamilton, 23, was arrested Monday on suspicion of child abuse after driving the infant to Memorial Hospital that afternoon.

According to his arrest affidavit, Hamilton decided to give his son a bath when the infant awoke from a nap around 1:30 p.m. with a dirty diaper.

The bath water wasn't too hot, and the baby wasn't upset during the bath, he told investigators. After taking the baby out of the bathtub and wrapping him in a towel, he left to get a bottle. He told the emergency physician on duty that when he came back and opened the towel, the 4-month-old's skin was peeling from burns, according to the affidavit.

Hamilton took a picture of the burn and called his wife. He took the baby to the hospital after the couple's roommate came home, saw the burns, and advised him to seek medical care, court documents said.

At the hospital, the doctor observed second-degree burns on the left side of the baby's torso and tiny spots of ruptured blood vessels on his right side and back, possibly a result of prolonged crying, the doctor said.

The baby was later transferred to the burn unit at the Children's Hospital in Aurora and treated for burns covering 9 percent of his body.

According to court documents, Hamilton initially told police and hospital staff that he'd put the baby in the tub for 10 to 15 minutes, but he later admitted to also holding the baby under hot running water in the bathroom sink.

Hamilton, an Army specialist, is a cavalry scout assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team with the 4th Infantry Division and has served five years and four months in active duty, Fort Carson public affairs confirmed Tuesday. Fort Carson officials confirmed that he had deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, but details of those deployments were not provided.

Hamilton also has a 2-year-old daughter, according to court documents.

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