Toddler recovering at Boston hospital after suffering burns in kitchen accident

Seventeen-month-old Easton Rosen is recovering at Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston after being badly burned in a grease fire Saturday in his family’s Manchester, New Hampshire, home.

a group of people sleeping on the bed: Andrew and Easton Rosen

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Andrew and Easton Rosen

Despite suffering third-degree burns on his head, arm, foot and back, the boy was in remarkably good spirits Thursday.

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“That’s him, that’s his personality, he is by far the happiest baby ever,” said Sheila Chase, Easton’s grandmother.

“We’re hoping that the surgery goes well and we can finally get on the good road to recovery,” said Andrew Rosen, Easton’s father.

The family was cooking funnel cakes when the oil exploded onto Easton.

Andrew grabbed the flaming pan and tossed it out the door, but not before his arm was burned as well.

“I’m thankful he didn’t get any in his eye or we’d be dealing with a whole different situation right now,” he said.

Easton visited with his family Thursday through a window at the hospital, just hours before he was due to undergo surgery.

“To see him today now, it makes me see good, look at him, look at him blowing kisses,” said Vivian Rosen, Easton’s grandmother.

“Going through everything that he’s been through, so far to have him be smiling and waving, it’s nice to see him like that,” Andrew said.

Doctors are confident they can prevent major scaring and his hair will grow back. His first surgery is scheduled for Friday morning.

Easton’s father said the family will no longer cook with the boy in the kitchen. The family said it hopes others can learn from their experience.

Those who want to help the family can donate to their online fundraiser.


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Stayton woman sentenced to 5 years after toddler dies in house fire

SALEM — A Stayton woman was sentenced to five years in prison after her toddler died in a house fire.

Jessica Marie Pearce, 27, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide by Judge Tracy Prall Sept. 17, the Statesman Journal reported. Pearce had entered a no-contest plea. Child neglect and criminal mistreatment charges were dismissed, court records show.

Pearce was away from home on Feb. 1, 2019, when firefighters responded to a house fire and found the body of 2-year-old Christopher James Pearce.

Pearce and her son had been living with roommates. She said she was running errands and left Christopher at home with a friend in addition to two other adults and a 12-year-old girl. She said without her knowledge, Bender left the toddler with the older child.

Pearce upon returning home, found it on fire and went into the house “hysterically” to find her son, court documents said. Firefighters later found the toddler.

Investigators say they found the fire originated in the bedroom where the child was found. Investigators found cinderblocks with a cast iron pan on top and several propane and/or butane canisters, according to the Office of the Marion County Public Defender.

The state fire marshal said the cause of the fire was “undetermined” because there were “multiple ignition sources” such as heating, smoking, and open flame, the statement said.

Defense attorney Sara Foroshani said Pearce was cooperative with searches and interviews.

It was found that Pearce and a roommate “used the butane to melt circuit boards from various electronics to extract precious metals,” statements show.

In the interview, Pearce said she figured it was “an honest way to make money, but that did not turn out.”

–The Associated Press

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