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Baby's burns likely 'horrendous accident'

DACULA -- Authorities believe an 11-month-old Dacula girl was badly burned Tuesday when an older sibling pulled down a boiling pot of water from a stove.

Authorities could not update the child's condition Wednesday and have not released her identity.

Fire Department spokesman Lt. Eric Eberly said investigators are calling the incident a "horrendous accident," pending any further information to the contrary.

"There's no reason for any suspicion of this being anything other than an accident," Eberly said.

The girl's father was driving her to a hospital when he spotted firefighters in an engine stopped at the intersection of Dacula and Fence roads and frantically approached them about 5 p.m., carrying the child, Eberly said.

Firefighters observed "extensive burns to (child's) whole body" and called for a pediatric rescue helicopter, but those plans were thwarted due to heavy rain.

The girl was ultimately transported via ambulance to the Grady Burn Center in Atlanta.