Burns on his feet not slowing toddler

Two-year-old Christian Cail bounded playfully through his living room on Wednesday, with a toy hamme
Christian Cail, 2, bangs on his tambourine with his mother Becket and younger brother Caleb at their home on Wednesday afternoon.
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Christian Cail, 2, bangs on his tambourine with his mother Becket and younger brother Caleb at their home on Wednesday afternoon.

Two-year-old Christian Cail bounded playfully through his living room on Wednesday, with a toy hammer in each hand and Nickelodeon cartoons on the television.

His mother is just grateful he can walk at all.

Christian suffered second- and third-degree burns to both of his feet in October after his babysitter allegedly left him standing in scalding bath water.

Chasity Pasinello, 24, of Waterford, was charged with felony assault and reckless assault by a day care provider. According to District Attorney James Murphy’s office, Pasinello is free on bail and the case is still pending.

Christian spent two weeks at Westchester Medical Center, where skin from his thighs was used to replace the burned skin on his feet.

“He’s up and running all over the place, doing everything a normal 2-year-old would,” said his mother, Becket Cail. “After it happened we had concerns about whether he would be able to walk normally or jump or play, and he’s able to do all of it.”

The family still has about $60,000 in medical bills because they were between insurance policies when Christian was burned.

Cail has scheduled a concert at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Jan. 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. to help pay Christian’s medical bills. For $10, donors can enjoy music from six bands. Organizers also hope to have pizza and raffle off items donated from local businesses.

The family held a fundraiser for Christian in November that raised just over $3,000.

“We paid off all of the smaller bills with that and our savings, and now we’re working on the big bill,” Cail said. “Anything will help.”

Cail is a registered nurse at Albany Memorial Hospital. She used all of her

sick leave and vacation time so she could be with Christian after the incident, and she said that her co-workers even donated about 100 hours of vacation time.

Her husband, Dillon, works in construction and also had to take time off in October, but he is now back to work full time.

Cail gave birth to a second son, Caleb, in December, so she has been on maternity leave and hasn’t returned to work yet. She said that if she does decide to go back to work, her mother, who lives next door and is now working part time, will take care of the kids.

Pasinello had been caring for Christian at her Waterford home because it was on the way to work for Cail.

“We’ve been friends since elementary school,” Cail said. “We were all really surprised. She’d been watching him since he was born with no issues whatsoever.”

Christian has thick lotion applied to his thighs and feet several times per day, and he wears tight compression socks that will hopefully keep the scarring down.

“The wounds have all closed up, so now we’re just working on scar management,” Cail said. “Grafts tend to not always grow with the person, so we have to watch the tops of his toes.”

Cail said that Christian’s doctors expect that his feet will always look burned as they do now, but that hopefully his thighs will just show a loss of pigment.

Between cartoons on Wednesday, Christian took time to snuggle with his little brother, Caleb, while the infant slept on the couch.

Although Christian shows few signs of being traumatized by the incident, Cail said that he insists on checking the temperature of the bath water every time she bathes Caleb.

“He actually screamed at me the first time that it was too hot,” she said. “Before I put the baby in he wants to check it. It’s kind of cute.”

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