Police have charged an 11-year-old Rock Hill boy with assault after the child allegedly threw boiling water on another child July 30.
After an investigation by Rock Hill Police Department detectives, the suspect was charged with felony first-degree assault and battery, said Mark Bollinger, police spokesman. It is unclear when the defendant will appear in Family Court, where juveniles accused of crimes face prosecution.
The victim, also 11 and from Lancaster, was burned on almost a third of his body. He is recovering, Bollinger said.
The Herald is not naming either the victim or the defendant because of their ages.
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The incident happened behind a home in the Benjamin Ridge subdivision. The victim told police that the other child intentionally threw the boiling water on him as the victim sat in a small swimming pool behind the house, according to the original report. The suspect told police at the time that both he and the victim were playing in the backyard pool.
The suspect told police that the victim said he wanted to know how boiling water felt, the report states.
Another child at the home, 9, told officers the two boys were joking about throwing hot water on each other before the incident.