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An Artesia man has been taken custody in Lubbock, Texas, on child abuse charges after a March 6 fire left his 3-year-old daughter with severe burns.

Eddy County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mark Cage reports the ECSO responded March 6 to Artesia General Hospital in reference to a young child who had been burned.

During the course of their investigation, the ECSO Detective Division discovered the girl and her father, 38-year-old Jimmy J. Olguin, were both present at their home on East Castleberry Road when Olguin attempted to stoke an open fire he had built with gasoline. The action caused an explosion during which the child became engulfed in flames.

Detectives also learned Olguin waited 12 hours to seek medical assistance for the child.

The girl was airlifted to Lubbock, Texas, where she was placed in Burn Unit ICU with severe burns.

The ECSO secured an arrest warrant for Olguin, who was taken into custody with the assistance of the Lubbock Police Department. He is charged with abandonment or abuse of a child involving great bodily harm, a first-degree felony.

The incident is still being investigated.