December 06, 2016
A New Jersey man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly burned a child's face, the Toms River Police Department said Tuesday.
Kareem Hayes, 36, of New Brunswick, is charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
An investigation by detectives and the department's special victims unit revealed that Hayes allegedly used a lighter to purposefully burn a 6-year-old, who sustained second- and third-degree burns to the face, neck and ear, police said.
The child was allegedly in Hayes' care at his residence in Toms River.
Hayes was arrested Nov. 29 and faces $250,000 bail. He is being held in the Ocean County Jail.