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Grandparents demand answers from ACS after granddaughter found with burns on legs

Posted at 11:23 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-20 06:05:26-05

NEW YORK – In April, Harold Culler and Mattie Dubose's son, Harold Jr. was murdered. Now, they're concerned the daughter he left behind was physically abused.

"We're not giving up because my son is no longer here with us, and that's all we have of my son," Mattie Dubose said. "That's why we came to the news, because we want help."

Culler and Dubose say on December 4 their 16-month-old granddaughter Bliss sustained second-degree burns on much of her body. They sent PIX11 photos of her injuries, days after they started to heal.

They were told Bliss' mother left the girl her with her stepmother. The stepmother allegedly claims Bliss caused her own burns during bath time, but Culler and Dubose don't believe that story.

"They said that she turned on the hot water,"Dobose said. "But it doesn't show that. It shows 90 percent of her body is burned. Her back and her front is burned."

The grandparents were told the stepmother's babysitter put Bliss to bed that night and the girl wasn't not taken to the hospital until the next morning.

Harold Culler was upset, "you don't do a dog like that, if a dog got hit in the street you pick him up and you get him some service."

In a statement to PIX 11 New York City's Administration for Children's Services said: "The safety and wellbeing of our city’s children is our priority. ACS is working with law enforcement to fully investigate this incident.”