Kansas City man sentenced to 12 years for burning child in hot water

Daniel Rose

PLATTE CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for scalding a two-year-old child in hot water, causing burns to 20% of the child’s body.

Daniel Rose, 32, received the sentence in Platte County Circuit Court on August 25 after earlier being found guilty of first degree assault following a plea.

“This is a truly heartbreaking case of child abuse.  This young child will carry the physical and emotional scars of this awful crime for the rest of his life,” said Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd in a news release.

On March 26, 2013, Kansas City police officers went to the 7600 block of NW Milrey Drive after a report of child abuse.  When they arrived, Rose said he had been watching his girlfriend’s two-year-old child, and had seen a rash on the child. Rose had not called 911 but had instead called the child’s mother at work.

After being texted a photo of her child, the victim’s mother rushed home and took the child to Children’s Mercy Hospital.  Medical staff treated extensive first and second degree burns covering more than 20% of the child’s body, including the child’s genitals and buttocks, which had blistered.  In the emergency room physician’s opinion, the injuries were consistent with the child being dunked in hot water.

Rose then changed his story, claiming the child had soiled a diaper and fell into the tub while he was drawing a bath.

Judge James Van Amburg sentenced the defendant to 12 years in prison, after Rose’s defense attorney asked that Rose receive probation.  Because Rose was charged with first degree assault, he must serve 85% of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

“More than three years after this terrible assault, this young child is still terrified of taking a bath and must instead be showered.  This child was undoubtedly screaming in pain when dunked in scalding water, but instead of immediately calling for medical attention, this defendant tried to cover his tracks,” Zahnd said.