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Middletown man arrested for burning toddler in 2014

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MIDDLETOWN–A young man has been arrested for assaulting a child.

Joshua Montanez, 22, was arrested on Friday morning by Middletown Police on an outstanding warrant.

The alleged incident occurred on September 24, 2014. Police say he pushed a toddler’s arms and hands under very hot water, causing first- and second-degree burns so severe that the child’s skin was coming off.

The child was taken to Middlesex Hospital, but then transferred to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital due to the severity of the burns.

A second child witnessed the incident.

Police did not know if there was a connection between Montanez and the children.

Montanez was charged with four counts of risk of injury to a child and four counts of assault in the second degree with a weapon with serious physical injury.