Denver Police: Baby girl burned in car seat placed on stove

Neighbors say home runs unlicensed child care

DENVER - Denver Police are investigating how a baby girl got burned in a car seat place atop a cooking stove inside a home.

Denver firefighters were called about 4:05 p.m. Thursday to a home at 5099 Elkhart St. on a report of a fire that was out, said Denver Fire spokesman Mark Watson.

Firefighters learned an infant in a car seat had been place on the stove and "a short time later the chair ignited, burning the child," Denver Police said on Facebook.  Watson said the baby was burned on its backside.

It was unclear if child was burned because the stove was turned on or or if the stove was still hot after recently being turned off.

Fire officials alerted police, who took over the investigation.

Denver police spokeswoman Sgt. Betty Hale said the baby girl was about 11 months old. She was transported to Children's Hospital in Aurora.

Hale said the child was in the care of a babysitter, who went to look after another child, when the child was burned.

Neighbors tell 7NEWS they believe a family was operating an unlicensed day care in the home.

Police said they are interviewing the people who were inside the home at the time of the incident.

Neighbor Duwayne Johnson said he was working on a motorcycle in his garage Thursday afternoon when heard  "somebody cursing and screaming very loudly."

Johnson said he came outside and saw the woman who lives in the home exchanging curses with a woman who Johnson believes is the mother of the burned child.

"They were screaming and cursing at each other," Johnson said. "The whole street was surrounded by Denver police."

Johnson said the woman who lives in the home where the child was burned was in handcuffs and she continued to loudly curse officers and the woman believed to be the child's mother as officers place her in a patrol car.

"The police separated them, because [the women resident] was like, 'Don’t go in my house' and the cop was [saying] 'be quiet, what you say can be used against you in a court of law,'" Johnson recalled.

Johnson said he believes the woman runs a home child care.

"I see a lot of babies get dropped off there all the time, early in the morning, then sometimes in the afternoon, like 6 p.m. We just thought it was something like you drop your kids off with some friend or family, something like that," Johnson said.

The home is not listed as a licensed child care center on the Colorado Department of Human Services website.

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