JERSEY CITY - The family of an 18-month-old girl who was severely burned by hot water, allegedly at the hands of her in-home nurse, has announced a lawsuit.
Destiny Abdelmalak suffered third-degree burns in the incident last month. The nurse, Ellen Ejimkonye, has been charged with aggravated assault, child endangerment and child abuse.
The family announced today that they are filing a lawsuit against the nurse and Preferred Home Health Care, the company she worked for.
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Mariam Khella says she came home from work on June 5 to find the baby's entire lower body covered in severe burns and her skin falling off her body.
Khella says Destiny is recovering, but still has a long way to go. "She doesn't like anyone touching her anymore - she's scared of anyone coming near her," she says.
The family hopes the lawsuit will help pay for some of the rising medical costs and prevent the incident from happening to anyone else, according to their lawyer, Steven Haddad.
"We hope they understand what happened here was a result of their failure to properly supervise employees, train and retrain," Haddad says.
Destiny is expected to remain in a rehab facility through the end of the month.