- Associated Press - Friday, August 7, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A jury has acquitted a Lincoln man who was accused of scalding his 6-week-old daughter, something his attorney said was a terrible accident.

Reid Alden, 21, was found not guilty Thursday of negligent child abuse.

“You have to remain focused not on how bad these injuries were. They were terrible,” Alden’s attorney, Sean Brennan, said Wednesday before the case went to the jury in Lancaster County District Court. “But every time something happens it doesn’t make it a crime.”

Alden said he filled up the baby tub like usual on April 16, 2014, and gave Raelynn a bath for the first time without his wife. But her delicate baby skin turned bright pink and started sloughing off when he took her out.

Raelynn spent five weeks in a hospital for treatment of burns that covered nearly 65 percent of her body, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (https://bit.ly/1Neoe0x ).

She was forever scarred, prosecutor Jeff Mathers said in his closing arguments.

“He didn’t beat her. He didn’t shake her. But she is scarred for life. It was his hands that put her in that tub that was too hot,” Mathers said.

Alden frantically called his wife at work, and she dispatched her brother-in-law to help. When he arrived, he told Alden to call 911. Alden wept earlier this week in court when the recording of that call was played and his daughter’s pained cries could be heard in the background.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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