Dad accused of burning son's buttocks

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Manuel Aguilar Jr.

HOUSTON - A man has been accused of intentionally putting his 2-year-old son in hot water.

Manuel Aguilar Jr., 29, has been charged with injury to a child.

Houston police said they were called out to an apartment in the 16100 block of Imperial Valley Drive in late December, after the child's mother discovered that his buttocks were burned.

The child suffered second-degree burns, officials said.

According to court documents, Aguilar had visitation rights with his son on the first, third and fifth weekends of each month. Aguilar took his son to his home in the 2600 block of Kowis on Dec. 21 and kept him until Dec. 22, officials said.

Detectives said Aguilar told the child's mother that the boy had a small rash and she didn't think much of it at the time, but she found the burns when she gave her son a bath.

Investigators said Aguilar told them that he found a rash on the boy when he woke up crying and he put cream on it. He said he should have taken to boy to a doctor, but he didn't, officials said. He denied putting his son in hot water or doing anything else which could have caused the burns, police said.

Aguilar voluntarily took a polygraph test and the results showed deception, detectives said. He then asked for an attorney, officials said.

Aguilar's criminal history includes a conviction on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

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