A man who held his little girl under scalding water to “discipline” her did not take her to hospital for 24 hours despite her constant crying.
Alexander Sztasek claimed that he did not realise how hot the shower was, nor that his daughter Leonie had been burned until the blisters came up hours later.
However, medical experts disagree, saying that little Leonie’s burns were so severe that it would have been impossible for her father not to notice. The extent of the burns meant that once she was taken to hospital, she was immediately admitted to intensive care. However, he injuries meant her organs were already shutting died and she died from massive organ failure.
26 year-old Sztasek was originally placed under a restraining order by the court, which prevented his seeing his other children. However, despite his wife asking for the ban to be extended, the order has expired, leaving the killer free to see his other children.
The parents who live in the Austrian capital Vienna also admitted they had not immediately taken the youngster to hospital, and apparently left her crying almost non-stop for a day before finally deciding to take her for treatment.
The family live in Vienna in Austria. A spokesman for the hospital where Leonie was treated and where she later died said: “The condition of the little girl worsened dramatically. She died as a result of massive organ failure. She was suffering from severe necrosis which was a consequence of the severe burns on her back. A substantial portion of the skin had been quite simply destroyed and as a result her organs failed together with the skin.”
Police questioned Sztasek and released him on police bail while they continue their investigations; prosecutors have not yet been instructed to arrest him.