Brooklyn: Special needs youth found burned in bathtub

A special needs teenager has been found dead in a Brooklyn apartment

A special needs teenager was found dead in a Brooklyn apartment (Image: Google Maps)

A teenager was found burned in a house after his father claimed he fell into a hot-water bath.

However, the case was ruled a homicide, police sources told the New York Post on Wednesday.

Police responding to an 911 call found Josiah Green, 18, “with burns to his body” and unconscious and unresponsive in bed at his Brooklyn apartment.

Green was pronounced dead at the scene around 6:45 a.m. Sunday, police said.

His father, who was not named, said Green fell in the bathtub two days before police arrived and was burned by water, sources said.

Green had cerebral palsy and was taking medication for his condition. His father cited this as the reason he couldn’t give green medicine for a cold. The father said he chose to leave the hot water running in hopes the steam would help, the sources said.

The father claimed he went into another room to charge his phone and heard a bang. As he ran back to the bathroom, the father said he realized his son had fallen off the chair. The father said he put his son on a bed and applied something to the burns instead of taking him to a hospital for treatment.

Green’s father said he did not call the police immediately after the incident because he became scared, the sources said.

Green had lumps of skin that fell off, which was worse than what would normally happen when someone is in hot water for a short period of time.

The chief medical examiner’s office ruled that Green’s cause of death was “thermal injury to approximately 90% of the body surface area in a person with cerebral palsy due to extreme preterm birth.”

Authorities confirmed Green’s death was ruled a homicide Wednesday morning. However, no one was in custody and suspects were not immediately identified.

Although the death was ruled a homicide, it could have been an accident. Police and prosecutors will decide whether to press charges in the case.

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Justin Scacco

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