Sacramento police arrested Kirk A. Douglas, 22, on Monday on suspicion of mayhem, torture with the intent to cause cruel or extreme pain and endangering the life of a child.
Police were summoned at 10:55 a.m. Monday after firefighters were first called to a home in the 4900 block of Mack Road. Police were told that a small boy was severely burned from the waist down.
Authorities suspect that Douglas placed the child in hot bath water as discipline for wetting his pants.
The child suffered third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body, police said. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said.
PHOTO CAPTION: Kirk A. Douglas