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Police: 3-year-old Ellensburg Boy Scalded In Bath

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) - An Ellensburg couple is accused of scalding their 3-year-old boy in a hot bath to punish him for failing to use the toilet.

The 25-year-old father and 28-year-old stepmother appeared in Kittitas County Superior Court on Tuesday and were ordered held for investigation of charges of child assault and criminal mistreatment.

The Daily Record reports police were called when the boy was treated at a Seattle hospital on New Year's Eve for second-degree burns. The parents said the boy had climbed into the bath before they could check the temperature.

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