Mother charged for alleged neglect to get medical attention for child’s burns

A 24-year-old mother has been locked up on criminal charges after failing to seek medical attention for her 19-month-old son after he was severely burned early last month at home, city police Agent Jason Bolt alleged in court papers.

Jazalyn Welshans, of 805 Wilson St. has been charged with felony endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person, a misdemeanor, Bolt said.

Her son suffered first and second-degree burns covering 11 percent of his body on Feb. 7, but Welshans refused to take the child for medical care even after the boy’s father, Brett Boyer, upon seeing the burns, expressed concern and wished to take him to the hospital, Bolt said.

Welshans dismissed the burn marks as “just a rash,” the agent said.

When Boyer saw the boy three days later, Feb. 10, “it appeared that the injuries were worse, but Welshans again told him not to take him to the hospital,” Bolt said. However, the father went against Welshans’ wishes and took the child to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

“A medical exam determined that the child suffered second-degree burns on his chest wall in a cascading pattern, extending from the right clavicular area gradually in a downhill pattern to the sternal area,” Bolt said, adding there also were burns to the boy’s chin.

The child was “assessed by doctors from the Geisinger Medical Center (Danville) Child Abuse Team who believed the burns were caused by an unknown hot liquid that flowed down over the chest area,” resulting in blisters, Bolt said.

Welshans had told Boyer that the injury had been caused by laundry detergent.

A little more that two weeks after taking the child to the hospital, Boyer told investigators he believed “Welshans refused to seek medical attention for her son because she and several men in the house had been using methamphetamines and possibly manufacturing them during the time the child was injured. Boyer said he and another occupant in the house stated that it appeared as if the child’s injury was a meth burn,” Bolt said.

Boyer and a second man who had been in the house, told police that during the same time the child was injured, a third man in the house, Welshans’ boyfriend, “suffered a similar burn injury and that Welshans, along with other adults in the house, took that individual to the hospital to get treated, Bolt said.

Following her arraignment Friday before District Judge Aaron Biichle, Welshans was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.