ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Investigators want to know if abuse or neglect was a factor after a child was burned. The problem is the child's father did not stick around at the hospital to answer questions. Now police are looking for him.
The child was brought to Children's Hospital Tuesday night by his father. Mom is separated from dad. But she is there and hopes police get to the bottom of what happened.
Amy Enloe lives in Rolla but was called to the hospital Tuesday night because her 4-year old son Colton suffered severe burns. She says the boy's father came to the hospital with a female companion, but then he left. St. Louis Police tell us he is listed as wanted for questioning.
"I have no idea why he left, he said because he already had warrants is why he didn't stay. But I could have warrants in the whole United States and I'm not going to leave my son with burns. I mean his burns are horrible." said Amy Enloe.
Enloe says those third degree burns will make for a long recovery.
"It's going to be years' worth of recovery for him because he'll have to do physical therapy and all that. Because of the fact that it's right there in the bend of his knee. So they have to do physical therapy to get it to stretch and work right again." said Amy Enloe.
There are no charges at this point. Police are not releasing the name of the father.Child abuse investigators want to talk with him to find out exactly what happened.
The child's mother says the dad told her their son was burned while playing with a lighter and his shorts caught fire. Amy Enloe believes there's more to the story, and she hopes police can get an answer.
Amy says she's asked her son what happened, but says he's told her that he doesn't know.