Evansville Couple Arrested for Neglect After Infant Found Severely Burned: EPD

Police say a medical examination determined that the infant had suffered third-degree burns, a fractured arm, and severe dehydration.

Posted: Jul 27, 2021 11:48 AM
Updated: Jul 27, 2021 7:29 PM

Two people were arrested for neglect on Monday after an infant in their care was found to have been severely burned on the face and bottom, according to the Evansville Police Department.

An investigation into the incident began when dispatch received a call from the child's mother, who said that the child had been burned on the face and bottom.

Khauyl Hunter (left) and Aisha Kinyanjui (right) - Vanderburgh County Jail

According to police, the child's mom first noticed the burns on Monday when she picked up the child from the father's care.

Police interviewed the child's father, identified as 25-year-old Khauyl Hunter of Evansville, and his girlfriend, identified as 19-year-old Aisha Kinyanjui of Evansville.

The couple told police they had been watching the child for around a week. Police say that during the interview, Hunter and Kinyanjui told conflicting stories.

According to the Evansville Police Department, an Evansville doctor examined the child and said that the child had third-degree burns, mainly on the bottom and face, that appeared to have been there for several days. The doctor also said that the child had a heavily soiled diaper that hadn't been changed for several days.

"It was determined that both of them had given the child a bath," said Sgt. Anna Gray, public information officer for the Evansville Police Department. "Both of them knew the child was burnt severely and neither one of them got any medical attention for the child."

The child was transported to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis due to the severity of the burns, according to EPD.

At Riley Children's Hospital, it was determined that the child also had a left arm fracture that was caused by trauma with force, and that the child was severely dehydrated, according to EPD.

Police say they determined that the child had been under the care of Hunter and Kinyanjui when the injuries occurred. Hunter and Kinyanjui were arrested and charged with Level 1 Felony Neglect of a Dependent.

They remain in the Vanderburgh County Jail on no bond.

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