Nacogdoches father arrested in alleged child abuse case

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – An Nacogdoches family is en route to a Dallas hospital, where their two-year-old child is recovering from an apparent scalding.

The child's father, 20-year old Anthony Watts is charged with burning the child, but his family says it was just a horrible accident.

"I said Anthony what happened? Did he cry?" said Maria Session, Watts' sister.

Saturday night, police responded to Anthony Watts' call, that his two-year-old son, Za'Taurean Pleasant's skin was peeling off.

"When Anthony got him out of the bathtub and dried him, Anthony said his skin was peeling real bad," said Session.

Down the hall, Watts' mom showed us the family bathroom. Feeling the water at its hottest temperature trying to make sense how bath water scalded half of her grandson's body.

"I don't believe he did it intentionally," said Carolyn James, Watts' mother. "Aint nobody in the world that could make me believe he did it intentionally."

"Now accidents do happen," said Session. "We don't know what happened. Nobody was at the house."

The people that know Watts say he would never hurt his son. "Anthony's a sweet, loving person," said Dianne Curl, a family friend. "I would let Anthony keep my baby anytime, day or night, whenever he wanted."

For his sister, the hardest part is not knowing exactly what happened to her nephew behind these doors.

"I've been up all night thinking about this, trying to piece it together," said Session.

For now, their main concern is little "Duece".

"Any accident that happens to a child it scars them. He's going to have to live with this for the rest of his life," said James.

Watts bonded out Sunday night, but police say he's not allowed to see his son. Injury to a child is a second degree felony.

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