Woman Arrested in Scalding of Boy at Daycare Center

A Fairfax County woman was arrested Friday after she allegedly scalded a 17-month-old boy with hot water while operating an unlicensed day-care center in her Springfield area home. Police obtained a warrant charging Dixie Y. Cabrera-Ordonez, 34, with felony child abuse or neglect.

On Wednesday afternoon, Cabrera-Ordonez was bathing the boy when she allegedly left him unattended and he was burned. Lucy Caldwell, a Fairfax police spokeswoman, said the boy was flown to Children’s National Medical Center in the District with second-degree burns on his feet.

Police said Cabrera-Ordonez was watching about 10 children, all preschool age or younger, at her home in the 5700 block of Backlick Road.

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