Toddler, Teen Burned By Mysterious Substance On Slide At Lapeer Park

August 02, 2018 - 4:43 pm

LAPEER (WWJ) - A malicious attack -- or some sort of accident?

Lapeer Police Chief Dave Frisch says his department is investigating a chemical found on a slide in the city's Cramton park, after two children were hospitalized with serious injuries. 

The chief told WWJ Newsradio 950's Sandra McNeill a toddler was burned while going down the slide, and a 14-year-old girl was burned when she picked him up after he began crying. 

The toddler's burns were so severe that he was transferred to Hurley Burn Center. The girl is being treated at McLaren Regional Hospital in Lapeer. 

The chemical found, Frisch said, was a crusty white substance he described as "not a liquid, but not a powder."

"At the scene we did recover a substance that we do not know what it is. Samples were collected and we're presently taking that to the lab for analysis," the chief said.

As to how it got on the slide, that's just one of many questions that remain.

"Everything is open," Frisch said on Thursday. "What we have now is an injury to two people, from what we believe is this substance that we have collected -- and that's where our investigation is going. We're not jumping to conclusions one way or the other a this time."

No additional injuries have been reported in connection with the chemical.

The playground equipment has been cleaned, but Cramton park is closed until further notice.