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Doctors may have to amputate the toes of a 2 1/2 -year-old boy who suffered scalding burns allegedly at the hands of his father last month.

Daeshon Jones has undergone three skin grafts and other therapeutic treatment for burns on the lower portion of his body, including his genital area.

He was listed in stable condition Wednesday at Children's Hospital, where he was scheduled to undergo a fourth skin graft, according to the child's relatives.

The toddler also has received treatment for trauma to his face and other portions of his body injured in a beating by his father, who was trying to toilet train the child, authorities said.

"I've looked at his little toes and
they're all burnt, like they were in a frying pan. We're told his toes might have to be amputated, all of them," said Carlina Jones, the child's maternal grandmother.

She arrived in Buffalo Friday from California to see her grandson.

"Doctors are taking skin from his back and grafting it onto his legs," she added.

Miss Jones said she had raised the child with Daeshon's mother, 17-year-old Carla Jones, from birth until April when Miss Jones said she moved to the West Coast for a fresh start in life, working as a nurse's aide.

Now she wants to take her grandson back with her once he is well enough to travel.

"I'd left Daeshon with my daughter Carla once I thought she was set up in her own apartment and I thought she was able to raise the child on her own," said Miss Jones, 38.

A hearing on custody of the child is set for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in Erie County Family Court.

Benjamin J. Watson, the boy's father, remains jailed at the Erie County Holding Center pending the outcome of a grand jury investigation into the allegations against him.

Watson, 21, of Box Avenue has pleaded innocent to charges of second-degree assault and child endangerment for allegedly scalding his son with hot water on Sept. 25 at the Hertel Avenue-area Jasper Parrish apartment of his girlfriend, according to authorities.

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