Son's Sunburn Leads To Abuse Charges
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 26, 2004
VINELAND, NEW JERSEY--A father was charged with one count of child abuse and neglect Tuesday for allegedly failing to apply enough sunblock on his 12-year-old son to prevent massive burns.
Walter McKelvie Jr. claimed he did put sunblock on his son, who has mental disabilities, when they went to the beach last July 20. Investigators said it was not enough to prevent severe sunburns during the day-long outing.
Authorities were notified about the incident by the boy's mother, who has custody of the boy identified in court documents as "R.M.". She took her son to the hospital so he could be treated for bleeding blisters on his back and face.
According to the Associated Press, McKelvie could face up to 18 months in prison if convicted.
"If you expose your child to that type of risk, you will be prosecuted," said prosecutor Rob Johnson. "It's clearly negligent."