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Travis L. Cooley
Travis Cooley, 32, of Hershey was arrested Thursday after his injured daughter was taken to St. Elizabeth’s burn unit in Lincoln.Cooley reportedly tried to wash his daughter’s hair with hot water to remove “kool aid” hair coloring that he didn’t like. The water spilled on the girl’s back, causing third-degree burns and the need for a skin graft.
Twenty percent of the girl’s body was burned, the Lincoln County Sheriff said. She was interviewed Thursday at the Bridge of Hope child advocacy center, after she returned from the Lincoln hospital.
The girl’s parents live apart.
The girl reportedly colored her hair at her mother’s house, and went to visit Travis Cooley over the weekend, who didn’t like the coloring. He researched hair coloring on the internet and found that boiling water and baking soda would remove it, the sheriff's office said.
Cooley is charged with child neglect resulting in serious bodily harm, a Class 3 felony. If convicted, he would face a maximum of four years in jail, plus two years of supervision upon his release.
The Child Protective Services division of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case.
Cooley was initially held without bond pending his court appearance.