***Warning – get Kleenex ready, you will need them.***
“Here’s a lock of his hair,” said Elthea Dampier, the grandmother of 7-week-old Emilio Jesus Bautista. Emilio died Saturday, April 28th after fighting for his life for 12 long days. He had suffered severe burns at the hands of his mother Chekayla Ariel Dampier (18), on April 16th. Apparently unable to handle Emilio’s cries, Chekayla decided to punish him by placing the Emilio’s head under hot running water, the temperature of the water 142 degrees. I’ll let that sink in for a second… 7-weeks-old and 142 degree water.
Ok so let’s go back to April 16th for a minute and have a looksy at how things went down. Apparently Emilio wasn’t a happy guy and had been crying, according to his mother, for several hours straight. She finally lost it and decided the appropriate course of action to teach Emilio about his incessant crying, was some water boarding in scalding water. She would tell the police that he cried the entire time and that she held him under the water until his skin started “coming off and other parts of his skin were ‘bubbling.” Holy Shit! Poor Emilio, my heart breaks for him, so little, so innocent and being tortured for being a baby. I can only think she has to be heartless; there is no other explanation for her being able to hold her screaming baby under scalding water.
The reports state that the abuse happened at 1 pm but Emilio was not taken to the hospital until 10 pm and only after the baby’s godmother urged her to seek medical attention and took her and Emilio to Morton Plant North BayHospital, where he was airlifted to the burn center at Tampa General Hospital. The doctors said Emilio suffered severe burns to his head, chest and arms, second-degree burns to his eyes and ears. The burns to his chest were so severe that while trying to remove his little t-shirt his left nipple came off. WTF! WTF! WTF! Ok, I need a minute….
His nipple came off…how cruel and evil does one have to be to do something so heinous to any baby but especially your own. Gawd… I am sick. Emilio’s grandmother and a former roommate say this is not the first time there was suspected abuse. In fact Emilio’s grandmother claim to have notified authorities of possible child abuse, CPS says they have no record of complaints against Chekayla.
Chekayla was arrested on April 17th and charged with aggravated child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, her bond $150,000. Since Emilio has passed, there is a possibility of charges being upgraded.
Think her mother said it best… “They need to give her the stiffest penalty they can give her for doing what she did, because she knew better,” and “Right now, I am mostly sad and heartbroken. I feel anger inside me the just wants to explode.” We are right there with you Elethea.
Thanks to all who sent in the tip.
In Memory of… Emilio Jesus Bautista
February 20, 2012 – April 28, 2012.
An angel taken too soon, R.I.P.