Dad Indicted In Baby's Scalding Death

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - The father of a 9-month-old girl was indicted in the scalding death of his daughter who died of burns from hot bath water.

Daniel Hickle, 19, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide. He could face up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

An Ottawa County grand jury indicted Hickle on Monday.

Authorities think Hickle was sleeping on Sept. 20 when his daughter, Chasity, either fell or was put into a bathtub.

The girl knew how to walk and may have crawled into the bathtub from a training toilet, Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan has said.

A 2-year-old in the home alerted Hickle to what happened and the girl was taken to a hospital and died the next day. She had second-degree burns over 90 percent of her body, according to the prosecutor's office.

Chasity's mother, Jennifer Hickle, was at work at the time of the accident.

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