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LYNN (CBS) –  Two children were rushed to a Boston hospital Wednesday morning with serious burns.

The brothers, ages two and three, were badly scalded by hot water in a bathtub, police said.

Both were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital on MedFlight rescue helicopters. They were then transported to Shriners Hospital for Children.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

The two-year-old, Landon Young, has second-degree burns over 50 percent of his body. He is in critical but stable condition. The three-year-old, Leland Young, is in stable condition.

The children were apparently being watched by a 21-year-old babysitter at the time in an apartment on Essex Street.

That man’s father, Charles Collins, told reporters his son left the children in the tub briefly to use a bathroom in a friend’s apartment and the three-year-old turned the hot water on.

The babysitter’s father said his son told him that when he returned the boys were screaming and trying to get out of the tub.

He said he told his son he should not have left the children in the tub. The young man could be heard crying “it’s my fault” while his father spoke with reporters.

Police are working to verify the babysitter’s story, but they are also looking into whether he fell asleep. Police are not commenting on whether any charges will be filed.

The Department of Children and Families is also looking into the incident.

State Fire Marshall investigator at the apartment where 2 toddlers were severely burned. (Photo by Bree Sison-WBZ-TV)

State Fire Marshal at the apartment where 2 toddlers were severely burned. (Photo by Bree Sison-WBZ-TV)


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