Deputies: Bradenton couple arrested after child burned, left in running car

Cayla Zarva and Dennis Zipprian. Manatee County Jail booking photos
Cayla Zarva and Dennis Zipprian. Manatee County Jail booking photos

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – A Bradenton couple faces child neglect charges after detectives say they failed to get medical help for a child in their care who suffered blistering 2nd degree burns from hot water in a bathtub.

Detectives say at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14, Cayla Zarva, 25, left the child in the care of Dennis Zipprian, 24, while she went to work at Pizza Hut.

Zipprian told detectives that he was taking a shower with the child, who does not yet know how to walk. He said he got out of the shower and dried off and left the child in the shower. Zipprian told detectives he checked the water temperature of the shower and it was warm, but not hot. He said he went into another room to get dressed.

Zipprian said he heard the child begin to cry after being left alone for about 3 minutes. He said he did not go back to the bathroom to check on the child for another 2 to 4 minutes after hearing him cry.

Zipprian then checked on the child and said the child was burned and the water was very hot. He said he noticed that the child had burns on his genitals, buttocks and face. He also noticed that two burns on his inner thigh had blistered.

Detectives say Zipprian put the child in his car and drove him to Zarva’s workplace and showed her the child’s burns. They went home and then went to Walmart where they left the child alone in the running car while they went inside and bought burn cream, gauze pads, Cheerios, popcorn and milk. Police say receipts show they purchased the items at 10:55 p.m.

Detectives say they did not seek medical attention for the child until 1:39 a.m. the next day. By that time, the 2nd degree burns had turned into blisters surrounding the child’s groin and buttocks. The child spent at least three days at Tampa General Hospital’s burn unit.

Zipprian and Zarva were arrested and charged with child neglect with great bodily harm.

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