LYNN — A Lynn man was ordered held on $3,000 cash bail at his arraignment today on charges that he endangered two small boys he was babysitting, who were severely burned by scalding water in a bathtub last week, officials said.
Charles Collins-Robinson, 21, pleaded not guilty in in Lynn District Court to two counts of child endangerment. He looked down and wept, shaking his head, throughout the arraignment.
Prosecutors said Collins-Robinson had placed the two boys in the bathtub last Wednesday, then sat down outside the bathroom and fell asleep as the water temperature grew hotter.
Two-year-old Landon Young suffered burns over 30 percent of his body and 3-year-old Leland Young suffered burns over 60 percent of his body, according to a police report filed in court. Both boys required surgery.
Lynn firefighters responded to reports of two children severely burned at their Essex Street home on Wednesday morning. The two boys were rushed to Lynn English High School where a medical helicopter transported them to Massachusetts General Hospital. They were later transported to Shriners Hospital for Children-Boston.
Collins-Robinson, who was staying at his father’s apartment next-door, was babysitting the boys when the incident occurred.
“This was a horrible, horrible mistake,” Collins-Robinson’s attorney, Lance Sobelman, said in Judge James Wexler’s courtroom.
Collins-Robinson’s father, Charles Collins, said after the hearing that his son was so distraught he was suicidal. He said his son had “told me the truth. He said, ‘Daddy, I’m just exhausted.’”
The police report said that investigators had found that the hot water in the bathroom reached 131 degrees after 1 minute. The maximum allowed by state law is 112.
The judge also ordered that Collins-Robinson have no contact with the victims, if he makes bail.
The state Department of Children and Families and the district attorney’s office are investigating the incident, officials said.Globe correspondent Catalina Gaitan contributed to this report. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.