MOULTRIE — A severely burned 3-year-old boy was released from the hospital Wednesday. His parents remain in the Colquitt County Jail charged with injuring him.

Amanda Nichole Chaney, 23, and Colt Travis Chaney, 23, both of 594 Rosencrantz Road, were each charged Aug. 2 with two counts of cruelty to children. Colquitt County Sheriff’s Investigator Shawn Bostick said they were denied bond when they appeared before a judge and remained in the jail Thursday.

Colquitt County Sheriff’s Investigator Capt. Hal Suber said a sheriff’s deputy was called to the Chaneys’ house about 10 p.m. Aug. 2. He spoke with Polly Jarvis, who had been baby-sitting for the Chaneys.

Jarvis stated she had seen the boy that day with severe burns to his stomach, back and left leg and had bruising to his face and body. She had been told by Amanda Chaney the boy had spilled some hot caramel dip on himself and was burned when he turned on the hot water as he was in the bath earlier in the week.

Bostick said an investigation continued Thursday because the parent’s story was inconsistent with his injuries. Bostick will be going to see a child abuse specialist with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation today to discuss the boy’s case.

Suber said the parents stated they locked the boy in his bedroom as punishment for spilling the caramel dip. Jarvis told the deputy she had been over there each day during the week, and the boy was not let out of his room until the afternoon she saw him again.

When the deputy and investigators saw the boy, Suber said, it appeared he had second and third-degree burns to his torso, leg and back along with bruising and abrasions to his head. He had been taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center for treatment and spent much of the time in the intensive care unit, Bostick said. The Chaneys’ four other children were also taken from the house, and Amanda and Colt Chaney were placed under arrest and taken to Colquitt County Jail.

The 3-year-old remained at Colquitt Regional until Wednesday, when he had progressed enough to able to take pain medication orally instead of through an IV, Bostick said. He was placed into a secure home and remains in the custody of the Department of Family and Children’s Services, Bostick said.

An online petition has been started in an effort to keep the boy’s parents in jail. Anyone interested can visit www.gopetition.com/online/21122.html for more information.

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