Scalded tot’s kin rip eatery
Queens staff took 20 mins. to call EMTs
Workers at a Queens Applebee’s waited more than 20 minutes to call 911 after a baby was scalded with piping hot water during a family dinner, the family’s lawyer said Wednesday..
Little 17-month-old Cadien Scott Gaffney thought the cup of scorching water a server placed on the table where he sat with his family Friday was for him, and within seconds the steaming water had splashed all over him.
“The baby grabbed for the water,” said Courtnei Patterson, 35, a close family friend. “He thought the water was for him. He grabbed the glass and the hot water — the scalding hot water — fell all over his chest, his legs, everything.”
Patterson said staff at the Rosedale restaurant rushed to fetch paper towels and ointment, but waited a whopping 20 minutes to call 911, longer than it takes boil a pot of water.
It wasn’t until outraged patrons who witnessed the accident spoke up that Applebee’s staff finally called the authorities, she said.
“Everybody was just standing there, looking around trying to figure out what to do next,” she said. “No one called 911 right away.”
She said paramedics did not come into the restaurant. The child had to be taken outside.
Photos of the injury show a bright pink patch where the water hit little Cadien — apparently searing his top layer of skin away.
Patterson said no one at Applebee’s has contacted the family to ask about the child.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and child during this difficult time. We are very saddened about this accident,” Applebee’s spokesman Brian Lowe said in a statement Wednesday. “The safety and security of our guests is always our top priority. We are working closely with authorities and will continue to fully cooperate with their investigation.”
Patterson said Cadien has been traumatized by the incident. He can’t describe the pain, but relatives can see it in his face — and hear it in his lungs.
“This is about to be a long journey for this little baby,” Patterson said.
“It’s hard. One minute, he’ll forget what’s going on. He tries to play, because, you know, there are other children. The next thing, he’s screaming bloody murder because he’s in so much pain. It hurts me. It hurts me so bad just to see that baby in that condition,” Patterson added.
The family’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said a lawsuit is pending.
“The child has suffered horrible burns,” he said. “Appropriate action will be instituted against Applebee’s for the actions of their employees.”
Cadien Scott Gaffney, 17 months old, suffered burns at Queens Applebee’s when he reached for a cup of steaming hot water Friday. Now his family plans to sue.