Toddler burned in west Wichita home accident in serious condition

08/12/2014 9:05 AM

08/13/2014 12:34 PM

A 2-year-old boy burned in a home accident in west Wichita is in serious condition, a local hospital official said Tuesday.

The boy was burned just before 12:45 p.m. in the 200 block of North Gow, authorities have said. The house is just north of Douglas between Meridian and West streets.

A 12-year-old boy was babysitting three younger siblings ranging in age from 7 months to 8 years old, fire Lt. Joseph Evans said. The 2-year-old boy was left unattended in a bathroom at some point, when he accidentally poured hairspray on himself.

The hairspray was ignited by the open flame of a nearby candle, Evans said.

“No evidence of an intentional act was noted during this scene examination,” Evans said in an e-mail response to questions.

The child suffered second-degree burns over the upper 15 percent of his body, authorities have said.

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