A schizophrenic Bronx man who burned his sleeping 13-year-old niece with boiling cooking oil has been charged, but was then released — even after a prosecutor asked for $500,000 bail.
“I was upset at my niece,” said Jonathan Salinas, who has a history of violence against his family. “I boiled the oil and threw it at her.”
His niece, Jada, 13, was burned on her face, back, chest and both arms. She suffered second-degree burns from the Thursday attack inside the Bainbridge Ave. apartment where she, her uncle and other family members live, cops said.
The uncle, 28, was initially taken for a psychiatric examintion — he has schizophrenia, a police source said — but was charged Thursday night with assault, possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.
He was arraigned Friday and released without bail. Criminal Court Judge Dakota Ramseur issued an order of protection prohibiting him from going near the niece, with whom he shares an apartment.
Terry Raskyn, spokeswoman for Bronx District Robert Johnson, said prosecutors had asked for $500,000 bail.
“We had requested — and felt — a higher bail was appropriate under the circumstances,” Raskyn said.
Salinas didn’t say what caused him to fly off the rails.
A police source said the suspect has eight sealed arrests — in addition to three open arrests, including a 2003 incident in which he threatened his sister with a knife.