Harvey man charged in toddler’s scalding

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Michael Barber of Harvey was charged with aggravated battery to a child. (Cook County Sheriff)

Michael Barber of Harvey was charged with aggravated battery to a child. (Cook County Sheriff)

CHICAGO — A suburban Chicago man has been charged with aggravated battery to a child after the 1-year-old son of his live-in girlfriend suffered severe burns from scalding hot bath water.

Michael Barber of Harvey was jailed Saturday in Cook County. Bail was set at $2 million for Barber, who is in his mid-20s.

Prosecutors say the child remains hospitalized awaiting skin graft surgery for second- and third-degree burns to his feet, buttocks and genitals after the Wednesday incident.

Doctors also allegedly found bite marks on the boy later. His mother was not home at the time.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Barber yet has an attorney. Barber has no previous criminal history.