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Nurse charged with murder after toddler dies from being scalded by bath water

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QUEENS, N.Y. (WNBC) – A licensed nurse is facing a murder charge following the death of a developmentally disabled toddler.

Despite being born prematurely, Naomi Mondesire was a happy little girl.

Her grandmother, Gardite Mondesire, told NBC 4 that she required the care of a nurse.

Just two days after hiring  54-year-old Oluyemisi Adebayo, Mondesire says she received a phone call that something had happened.

Mondesire said Adebayo had told her that “she did something bad.”

According to a criminal complaint, Adebayo prepared a bath for the 23-month-old and tested the water with her hand before placing the baby in the tub.

When Adebayo took the little girl out of the water, she told police that she saw skin falling off the child’s legs.

However, medical personnel told authorities that Adebayo’s account of events was inconsistent with the nature and severity of the child’s injuries.

They say the little girl would have to have been submerged in 130 degree water for about 30 seconds to get those types of injuries.

Three days later, doctors performed surgery to treat second and third-degree immersion scald burns over half of her body.

“You could tell she was in severe pain,” Mondesire said.

On Monday, Naomi died from what officials believe to be complications of a thermal injury.

“Each time, I’m thinking about, it’s like what Naomi went through, from the time she was in the hot water up until her last day,” she said.

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