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Jacksonville police charge man with murder, daughter dies from scalding hot water injuries

When officers arrived at the scene, they spoke with Derek Shockley, who said he gave his 1-year-old daughter a shower and her skin started to slip off. (Photo courtesy of Jacksonville Police Department)

The Jacksonville Police Department responded to a suspicious incident call involving a small child at Sixth N. Simmons Drive Unit B. on Dec. 18.

When officers arrived at the scene, they spoke with 20-year-old Derek Shockley, who said he gave his 1-year-old daughter a shower after she soiled herself.

Shockley says after the shower, her skin started to slip off.

Authorities say the child was transported to the Arkansas Children's Hospital Critical Care Unit.

At the unit, she was listed as having level II trauma injuries from the intensely heated water.

Police say that the water in the shower reached 153 degrees.

The heat of the water caused burns to two-thirds of the child's body.

Police arrested Shockley at his home on Dec. 18 and originally charged him with first-degree domestic battery and first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

The child died on Dec. 27 as a result of her injuries. She developed septic shock and organ failure from being scalded by the hot water, say officials.

Shockley was charged with second-degree murder on Dec. 28.

No other details have been released by Jacksonville police at this time.



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