Billy Hall, 21, of Lubbock was indicted Tuesday for injury to a child related to allegations he burned an infant’s foot with scalding hot water.
Lubbock Police were called in January to University Medical Center. A baby boy’s foot had third-degree burns and hospital staff told police it appeared the injury was intentional.
Police then went to Hall’s home and tested the water temperature in the kitchen sink. It tested as 143 degrees after 37 seconds.
When questioned, Hall told police “there was no way in ‘hell’” he would intentionally hurt his son. He did admit to not carefully checking the temperature of the water as he put the baby into the kitchen sink for a bath.
Hall changed details of his story a couple times, according to court records. Police concluded that Hall was either acting intentionally or recklessly by putting the baby’s foot in very hot water.
The charge against Hall was listed as a third-degree felony. He was arrested on June 14 and posted bond the next day to be released from jail.