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Police Continue to Investigate Severe Burning of Mt. Vernon Infant

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Tom Bosco) -- Doctors are trying to save the leg of an infant who was severely burned inside his Mount Vernon home as police attempt to identify the cause of the baby's injuries.

Five-month-old Hunter Hammons has undergone two surgeries since he was rushed to Nationwide Children's Hospital with second-and third-degree-burns on Friday.

Hunter's mother, Lora Miller, said she left her son in the care of her live-in boyfriend while she went grocery shopping on Friday, and returned home to find her son severely burned.

"I seriously couldn't breathe. I couldn't see straight. I looked down and started freaking out because it was the entire side of his leg and it was dark gray," Miller said.

The mother of Miller's boyfriend told ABC 6/FOX 28 the baby was burned by hot water, and claims her son has fully cooperated with Mount Vernon police during their investigation.

On Tuesday, doctors said that amputation may be the only course of action for Hunter's leg.

"[A hospital worker] was pinching his toes really hard, and it didn't faze him at all," Miller said. "Right now, they're telling us it's more than likely he's going to lose his leg."

No charges have been filed in connection with Hunter's injuries.

Mount Vernon police have not released specific details about their investigation into the child's injuries.
 
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