Prosecutor: Muskegon Co. baby burned in bathtub; father charged

Kenneth McCloud
An undated mug shot of Kenneth McCloud. (Michigan Department of Corrections)

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Muskegon Heights man accused of putting his infant son in a scalding bath is facing a felony charge.

Kenneth McCloud is charged with second-degree child abuse in connection to the alleged August incident involving his 13-month-old son.

According to the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office, McCloud placed his son in a bathtub of scalding water, causing “immersion burns” that were so severe, the child could have scars.

The alleged incident happened in a Baker Street home while the child’s mother was at work.

The prosecutor’s office said McCloud took the child to a pediatrician, who referred them to the emergency room. Child Protective Services was contacted after the boy was transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The prosecutor’s office said McCloud, 22, recently pleaded no contest in family court in connection to this incident. A judge also found the boy’s mother failed to protect him from his father.

The infant and his sibling are in foster care, but both adults still have parental rights to the children.

McCloud is expected back in court on Nov. 10.