Four Children Burned by Sulfuric Acid

Victims rushed to Parkland Hospital suffering burns.

An investigation is under way after four children suffered burns from a substance stored in a container inside a vehicle.

The incident happened Wednesday evening outside of a restaurant near the community of Woodbine, which is located about 60 miles north of Dallas.

Cooke County investigators say a container of sulfuric acid burst inside a pickup truck, severely burning a 14-year-old, a 7-year-old, a 4-year-old and an 18-month-old baby.

Cynthia Stout, the children's mother, was in custody Wednesday night and charged Thursday with endangerment of a child. Stout is being held on $100,000 bond.

Police are still searching for the man who was with Stout. Investigators said the man drove off with Stout's 18-month-old baby before dropping it off with a family member and then hitching a ride to Gainesville.

Investigators said Stout and an unidentified man abandoned the children after the incident. The baby was left at a random residence, and the three other children were left at a restaurant.

The victims were rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital by Careflite. There was no immediate word on how badly the children were burned.

The Cooke County sheriff said he couldn't speculate on why the couple may have had sulfuric acid in their truck.

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