2-year-old burn victim’s family: ‘We want him to pull through this’

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 2:11 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

enterville child severely burned, local man wanted in case

UPDATE @10:54 a.m. 

The victim’s grandmother said she initially heard about her grandson’s injuries from a friend. 

“It’s really difficult,” Lucy Ashburn said. “It’s been really difficult because we know (the victim) doesn’t have a voice.” 

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Ashburn said the family is praying for the baby’s recovery. 

Lucy Ashburn's 2-year-old grandson was was taken to Dayton Children’s Medical Center for “severe scalding burns over a significant portion of his body,”(Chuck Hamlin/STAFF PHOTO)

Lucy Ashburn's 2-year-old grandson was was taken to Dayton Children’s Medical Center for “severe scalding burns over a significant portion of his body,”(Chuck Hamlin/STAFF PHOTO)

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“We are his voice,” she said. “We are fighting for him. We want him to pull through this. We got lots of prayers going. He’s got so much love he doesn’t even know exists.” 

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Lucy Ashburn's 2-year-old grandson was was taken to Dayton Children’s Medical Center for “severe scalding burns over a significant portion of his body,”(Chuck Hamlin/STAFF PHOTO)

UPDATE @10:08 a.m. 

Police were alerted to the injured child after a Dayton Children’s Hospital employee called 911.

The employee reported the child’s mother, stepfather and other family members brought him to  the hospital, according to the recorded 911 call.

The employee reported a family member said the child’s stepfather was giving him a bath, but he stepped out of the room. The child had burns when the stepfather returned to the room, the employee said to the 911 dispatcher. 

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The hospital employee reported the victim was going to be flown to the Nationwide Children’s burn clinic in Columbus. 

UPDATE @5:13 a.m. 

Lindsey is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on felonious assault, child endangering and tampering with evidence charges. 

UPDATE @4:28 a.m.  6/27/17

William Clifton Mckinney Lindsey, 27, has been arrested, according to online jail records. 

Lindsey was booked into the Montgomery County Jail at 3:31 a.m. on Tuesday. 

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William C. M. Lindesy(Courtesy Montgomery County Jail)

EARLIER REPORT

A Dayton man is wanted by Centerville police and the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team in connection to the felonious assault of a child severely burned in the 0-100 block of Loganwood Drive.

William Clifton Mckinney Lindsey, 27, is wanted after being indicted June 20 on counts of felonious assault, endangering children (two counts) and tampering with evidence, according to Centerville police. 

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An investigation started after a 23-month-old boy was taken to Dayton Children’s Medical Center April 26 for “severe scalding burns over a significant portion of his body,” according to Officer John Davis.

The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said the child has second-degree burns over 95 percent of his body. The child’s injuries are life threatening, police said.

Lindsey was taking care of the child at the time of the injury, police said. 

Centerville child severely burned, local man wanted in case

Davis said the suspect is not the baby’s father but is father to a sibling of the injured child.

The child was first taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital South, then transferred to Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton and finally flown to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. 

Lindsey is described as black man, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address was on Hackett Drive in Dayton. 

Anyone with information, contact Detective Sgt. J. Myers at 937-428-4771 or jmyers@centervilleohio.gov.