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Warren man charged with child endangering after injuries to kids in his care

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Tavonn Lee, charged with endangering children in Warren.

Police charged a Warren man with two felony child endangering charges after injuries to two children in his care.

Police were first called to a home in the 200 block of Forest St. NW at 12:17 a.m. Sunday. 

Nineteen-year-old Tavonn Lee had been watching his 1-year-old child when he reported that the boy had been burned, according to a police report.

Police arrived to find the boy with second- and possible third-degree burns to his entire back side. Police said his skin was peeling off, and the skin on his buttocks completely peeled off, exposing pink flesh.

Police said the boy was crying uncontrollably and was barely moving. 

Lee told police that he had been bathing the boy in the shower and that he left him in the shower while he used the toilet. He said the boy started crying, but he ignored it because he “always cries in the shower,” according to a police report. 

Lee said the water wasn’t hot enough to burn anyone and that the boy had only been in the shower for 10 minutes. 

Lee was arrested and charged with child endangering.

Police said after Lee was arrested, another woman called police to report that a child in Lee’s care had injuries. 

According to a police report, she had been called to pick up her child when Lee was arrested.

She said she was getting her son ready for bed when she noticed a large bruise and redness on his back and buttocks. She said the 5-year-old boy said it was painful when she touched the area. 

The woman reported that her son told her, “Tavonn beat me with a belt,” when she asked about the injury. She told police that Lee told her he “beat her son” for having a bowel movement in his pants, according to a police report. 

The woman said Lee, a friend of hers, had been watching her son on and off for the past week. 

Lee, who posted bond on the initial child endangering charge, was again arrested and charged with child endangering again.

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