INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Eleven children and an adult suffered burns to their faces, hands and legs after a man allegedly spread a skin-dissolving chemical on a playground merry-go-round.
Police arrested Delin Swanigan, 51, who witnesses said was at Watkins Park playground Saturday with a jar containing a bluish substance. He was charged with 12 counts of battery Sunday.
"He was sitting at the picnic table near the playground equipment. He was acting strangely, chanting," police Sgt. Paul Ciesielski told The Indianapolis Star.
Detectives were seeking a motive.
State health officials planned to test the jelly-like chemical to determine what it was. Ciesielski likened it to "a drain cleaner or some acidic type of solvent or paint remover."
All 12 victims were sent to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with irritated skin on their faces, hands, and legs. At first, it appeared as though they'd been stung by bees, said Moshia Scott, whose 3-year-old son was one of the children burned.
"My sister was watching them, and they started screaming and jumping off the merry-go-round," Scott said.
Scott's 5-year-old niece, Aynna Granderson, underwent surgery at Methodist to treat the burns. She was released Sunday.
No surgery was required for the other victims, who were treated at the hospital and released.