It’s telling that, according to the charging documents, Alicia Lawson, 25 and Shatika Lawson, 40, decided to treat the boy’s burns at home rather than take him to a hospital because they feared he would be taken from their care. (Ms. Lawson’s attorney told The Sun that his client couldn’t take the child to the doctor because she wasn’t the legal guardian. But no emergency room would deny care to a child suffering from such severe injuries.) They had a history with child protective services, so they didn’t seek help. Instead, the boy suffered at home until he was found dead in a pool of liquid.