PD: Phoenix father arrested after child found with burns and a head injury

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Posted at 1:36 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 16:36:09-04

PHOENIX — A Phoenix child has been taken to the hospital with burns to her hands and feet and a life-threatening head injury.

Phoenix police report that on June 23 they responded to a home near 24th Street and Broadway Road for a child who was not breathing.

The two-year-old girl was found to have burns to her hands and feet and a "traumatic brain injury," according to police reports.

Police say the girl was in the care of her father Kamreem Isaiah Underwood, 22, at the time. Police say Underwood gave various stories to them and the girl's mother as to how the child received her injuries. He last said the girl's burns were caused by hot noodles he was cooking that spilled on her, according to court records. He also reportedly said that a friend's tailgate fell and struck the child on the head.

Police say Underwood did not seek "immediate medical care for the child's head or burn injuries."

He is being held on a $100,000 bond for false reporting and four counts of child abuse.

If you suspect a child is being abused, the Arizona Department of Child Services has resources available to report the issue to a social worker. You can call the Arizona Child Abuse Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445), and will be asked for information about the child, as well as the nature of your concerns. You can also get more information from DCS about reporting abuse or neglect online.