Judge reduces bail for NHS student accused of burning baby

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

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A district judge has reduced bail to $10,000 for a Nacogdoches High School student accused of burning an infant in water.

Kendrick Tarver has been in the Nacogdoches County Jail since September 1 after he was arrested following a grand jury indictment on an injury to a child charge.

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.

District Judge Campbell Cox lowered the bail amount from $50,000.

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.

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