Oluyemisi Adebayo, 54, was arrested just as she was about to board a flight to Africa on Wednesday

By Tara Fowler
April 30, 2015 12:00 PM

A Queens nurse has been charged with murder after a toddler in her care died from burns incurred from a scalding-hot bath.

Oluyemisi Adebayo, 54, was arrested just as she was about to board a flight to Africa on Wednesday morning, CBS News reports.

Police said the 23-month-old toddler, identified as Naomi Mondesire, died from “thermal related injuries,” having incurred burns on over 50 percent of her body.

“The defendant had been trained to heal and save lives – which she is accused of failing to fulfill,” District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a news release.

“The tiny victim suffered extraordinarily painful injuries for several days before she died,” he added. “This is a terribly sad and tragic case that could have been prevented.”

Naomi, who was born premature, suffered from developmental issues and Adebayo had been hired to take care of her, the toddler’s grandmother Gardite Mondesire told NBC News.

“You could tell she was in severe pain,” Mondesire said.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by NBC News, Adebayo said she tested the water with her hand before putting the toddler in the tub. However, when she took her out, she saw the skin was falling off Naomi’s legs.

But medical personnel dispute this claim, saying that the child would have had to have been submerged for 30 seconds in the 130-degree water to have suffered the injuries she did.

Mondesire doubts that Adebayo tested the water at all. “She just turned the faucet and put the baby there,” she said.

Adebayo had no comment following her arraignment on Thursday, NBC News reports.

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