MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa mother and father have been arrested, after police say they burned their young son during a fight in their kitchen.
Aaron Rolan, 29, and his wife, Joscilin Smith, 28, have been booked on child abuse charges.
According to police records, officers went to a home near Guadalupe and Power Roads on Friday, after CPS received a report of a four-year-old with severe burns on eight percent of his body. The parents initially said the child was with relatives.
Officers told 3TV the parents seemed suspicious, and they eventually found the boy hidden in a bedroom closet.
Police say the boy had burns along his backside, and he was immediately transported to the Burn Unit at Maricopa Medical Center. According to the police report, the parents admitted that Smith threw a pot of boiling water at Roland nearly two weeks ago, and some of the water accidentally splashed on the toddler.
They told police they didn't take the child to the hospital because they were afraid they would be suspected of child abuse and lose their seven other children.
3TV spoke to a neighbor who had tried to contact authorities. "They kept it hidden because they didn't need or want the police or paramedics or CPS to be involved," she said.
Police say the boy's father went to the doctor, so his burns from the incident were healing.
They say his son's burns were healing improperly, and believe the boy faces surgery.
The records state the other children told police that there was frequent abuse from the parents and they also often fought with each other.
The boy's six other siblings are in CPS custody.