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Judge sentences Camden County man accused of burning child in bathtub

Samuel Webster, of Camdenton, is wanted for felony abuse or neglect of a child causing serious...
Samuel Webster, of Camdenton, is wanted for felony abuse or neglect of a child causing serious injury.(KY3)
Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 4:17 PM CDT
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CAMDENTON, Mo. (KY3) - A judge sentenced a Camden County man after he pleaded guilty to charges involving the burning of an infant in a bathtub.

A judge sentenced Samuel Webster to seven years in prison on charges of second-degree domestic assault and possession of a firearm.

Deputies began investigating Webster on Feb. 15 after his child was treated for substantial burns to the body. The sheriff’s office says the child was burned while in a bathtub.

Investigators say the baby was taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach on Feb. 14 with apparent lower-body burns, including the legs, buttocks, abdomen. The child was then transferred to a medical trauma burn unit in Springfield in serious condition.

Investigators say a family member told the nursing staff Webster bathed the child in lukewarm water and when he dried the child, there was peeling on the foot. In a follow-up interview with investigators on Feb. 16, Webster said the burn was from a combination of Aloe sun relief cream and diaper rash cream. Investigators say a Mercy Springfield trauma doctor later ruled on Feb. 16 “the patient’s burn wounds were consistent with what appear to be non-accidental trauma.”

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