MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 31-year-old Brooklyn Center man is accused of burning his girlfriend’s son with a bathtub of hot water after he wet himself, according to charges filed Monday in Hennepin County District Court.
Tong Vang was charged with first-degree assault, third-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child in connection with the incident.
According to a criminal complaint, Brooklyn Center Police were called to Hennepin County Medical Center at about 7:16 p.m. on July 14 about possible child abuse involving a 3-year-old boy. When officers arrived, they learned that the boy’s mother brought him to Children’s Hospital for second and third-degree burns over 20 percent of his body.
The boy was badly burned on his abdomen, flank, genital area, thighs and lower extremities and also had bruising on his right eye, right jaw, right ear, left eye, left chin and both arms.
The woman told police that Tong Vang, her boyfriend, was taking care of the boy while she was working on July 14. The complaint states Vang called his girlfriend at about 2 p.m. to tell her that the boy had been burned while he was in the bathtub and that his skin was peeling off.
When she came home, Vang told her he put the boy there after he had wet his pants and left him there alone with the water off while he went to get his cell phone. Vang told the woman that the boy turned the water on and burned himself. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office measured the water and determined it was about 159 degrees.
Two days later, authorities learned Vang had tried to commit suicide and was in the hospital. He told a nurse there that “I intentionally burned my girlfriend’s kid and I need to confess to the police.”
Vang is not currently in custody but faces up to 35 years in prison and/or $60,000 in fines if convicted.