A Lancaster boy suffered severe burns after police say another boy threw boiling hot water on him as he sat in a backyard swimming pool in a Rock Hill subdivision Wednesday afternoon.
Officers were sent to a home on Forest Glen Drive in the Benjamin’s Ridge subdivision, off Heckle Boulevard, at about 2 p.m. after receiving calls about a boy who was burned, according to a Rock Hill Police report.
Paramedics told authorities the child suffered second-degree burns – or possibly third-degree burns – on almost a third of his body.
The victim, 11, told police that another boy, also 11, intentionally threw boiling water on him while he was sitting in a small pool, the report states. The boy’s back was burned and skin on his backside was peeling.
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The boy who threw the water told police that he and the victim were playing in the backyard pool when the victim claimed he wanted to know how boiling water felt, the report states. The boy grabbed a pot of boiling water and threw it on the victim.
Police say a 9-year-old boy at the house told officers that the two other boys began joking about throwing hot water on each other. That’s when the water was thrown.
The suspect’s sister, 15, said that she did not know what happened, but told authorities she was boiling a pot of water on the stove to clean a bathroom in the house. The girl was the oldest person home at the time, police reported.
The victim was taken to Piedmont Medical Center for treatment. Hospital officials said they were unable to immediately comment.
Family members of the Rock Hill boy accused in the incident said Thursday the victim was expected to recover.
They also said the incident was the result of the boys playing together and the situation getting out of control.
No charges have been filed in connection with the incident. Police are still working to determine if there was any criminal intent involved, or if it was just an accident, said Rock Hill Police spokesman Mark Bollinger.