Aurora boy burned by mother in scalding bathtub returns home

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AURORA -- Over four months after he was nearly scalded to death in a bathtub, an Aurora child is on the road to recovery.

Qwamarius Lake, 5, suffered severe burns on April 3 after his mother placed him in the tub in their room at a Denver motel.

Charlotte Moore, Qwamarius' grandmother, remembers receiving a call from her daughter that night.

"She didn't exactly tell me what was going on," Moore recalled. "She just said mama, the baby, the baby, the baby... It was bad."

The boy was first taken to Children's Hospital and then flown to Shriner's Hospital in Galveston, Texas, a facility that specializes in treating kids with burns. Doctors performed weekly grafts to replace burned skin that covered over half of Qwamarius' body.

Moore said Sunday the past few months of care have been rough.

"He's a pretty blessed little boy," she said. "The burn was already bad, but the recovery of it is even worse between the skin grafts and the medication and laying prone on your stomach... It just totally abrupted his whole life. Thank God the Shriners' team was great."

Tanya Lake, Qwamarius' mother, is in jail facing one count of child abuse resulting in bodily injury.

The 5-year-old, who could start kindergarten this fall, faces years of skin grafts as he keeps growing.

"It's been a hard road," Moore said. "He's come a long, long way."

His family, which has relied on free medical care from the Texas hospital, still has steep financial needs. It hopes to address some of those needs with The Qwamarius Lake Fund (account #6831212006) which is now active at 1st Bank.

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