By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Aaron Pace of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was babysitting twenty month old Suliaman Orrell Kirkland recently, with other family members present in the home. Pace, who refers to himself as the child’s godfather, allegedly wet a rag with Drano and applied it to the child’s skin to punish him for being uncooperative.
Of course, Mr. Pace and / or any other potential Defendant has the right to advice and counsel from a criminal defense attorney. The district attorney and police department have a duty to investigate deaths of this nature to determine if a crime was committed, the type of crime committed, and the evidence available to prove such a crime. Some child deaths result from inattention, negligence, or just an unfortunate and unpredictable incident. Others result from intentional and reckless acts which should be prosecuted.
Pace’s family members did not witness the alleged Drano incident, but did notice sometime later that Suliaman was injured, and called the child’s mother. She in turn called an ambulance. When paramedics arrived, they found the child covered with chemical burns on his upper extremities. The child was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He died of his injuries the next day. Pace is being held by police but has not been charged with any crime.
There are far too many stories in the news about children being “punished” by being exposed to toxic household chemicals. These chemicals are very dangerous and can seriously injure or even kill a young child. Parents and caregivers need to understand that injuring a child is not an appropriate disciplinary tool. More details about the tragic death of Suliaman Orrell Kirkland can be found by visiting Police: Babysitter killed toddler with Drano.