Dates scheduled for trial of NHS student charged with scalding baby

Kendrick Tarver mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Kendrick Tarver mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A trial and bond reduction hearing date are set for a Nacogdoches High School student accused of burning an infant in water.

Kendrick Tarver, 17, will be back in court on Sept. 26 for a bond reduction hearing. For now, he will remain in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a $50,000 bail, according to his attorney, Lee Westmoreland.

Jury selection for his case is scheduled for January 30 and a trial on the injury to a child charge is set for February 6.

A grand jury indicted the father after the 12-day-old infant was severely burned during a July 27 bath.

Emergency room doctors found second and third degree burns to the baby's chin, stomach, genitals and buttocks.  She was flown by helicopter to Shriner's Burn Unit.

According to a previous report, Tarver says he was giving the child a bath with a wash cloth.  He eventually admitted spraying the baby directly out of the sprayer with scalding hot tap water.  The mother blamed diaper rash.

"My opinion was it was an accident," said Treanna Carter, the baby's mother. "I mean, that's all I have to say at this point. It was an accident."

"He did not try to hurt her daughter on purpose," said Hattie Franklin, Tarver's mother. "It was an accident. He didn't have any parenting classes and he did not know what he was doing and I just wanted everyone to now that it was an accident and he never been in any trouble."

Child Protective Services reports the injury to the child seems to be more inexperience and incomprehension than malice. The state has the child in foster care, allowing supervised parental visitations.

"She's doing fine," Carter said. "She's smiling. She's jumping up and down. She knows who I am."

CPS reports if reunification with the baby's mother cannot be achieved, the court should terminate her parental rights. The department is requesting right now that Tarver's parental rights be terminated.

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