13-month-old Arkansas girl dies after father places her in scalding hot bath that caused her skin to peel off
Germanii Amarii Stewart died after 21-year-old Derek Shockley dunked the baby girl into burning hot water of up to 153F (67C) at his Jacksonville, Arkansas, residence on December 18, 2018
JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS: A 13-month-old baby has reportedly died from fatal burns she suffered after her father dropped her into a scalding hot bath.
Germanii Amarii Stewart died after her father, 21-year-old Derek Shockley, dunked the baby girl in burning hot water of up to 153F (67C) at his Jacksonville, Arkansas, residence on December 18, 2018, according to a FOX16 report.
An arrest report stated that police authorities responded to the property to find the toddler screaming in agony as her skin peeled off her body from the heat.
Police said Germanii was left "writhing in pain" after the scalding hot water burned over two-thirds of her delicate body.
The little girl was rushed to Arkansas Children's Hospital for immediate medical attention, but nine days later she died of septic shock and organ failure.
While speaking to authorities, Derek reportedly claimed he was simply cleaning his baby daughter in the shower after she had soiled herself, and that's when her skin started falling off her body.
Derek's 39-year-old mother, Lavern Shockley, had asked him how hot the water had been, to which Derek had reportedly replied saying "not very hot at all".
According to investigators, the temperature of the water coming from the tap was 153F (67C) at the time, while the water flowing from the showerhead was at 113F (45C).
Furthermore, Derek did not have any visible injuries himself, meaning he had placed Germanii in the bath and wasn't holding her under a hot shower.
The 21-year-year-old was sentenced to a maximum term of 30 years in prison on Monday, October 7, after he admitted to second-degree murder, which is a Class A felony.
In connection to an unrelated incident, Shockley will also serve a 10-year prison sentence for shooting a man and physically assaulting his sister during an altercation over stolen money.
The 21-year-old father pleaded guilty to shooting Hayden Andrew Sheward in the stomach and assaulting Sheward's 22-year-old sister in an October 2018 incident.
The 10-year sentence will reportedly run concurrently to the original 30-year term Shockley is set to serve for killing his baby daughter.