ROCKFORD, IL – As my co-workers can attest to, I do not iron. That’s what a wife is for. Or sometimes in my case, a dryer. It’s not that I don’t own one, as I love my grilled cheese sandwiches. I just don’t own an ironing board. I waved bye to it as my ex drove away in a U-haul packed with other things she owned that I paid for.
But I can honestly say that I if I did need an impromptu ironing board in the face of some kind of emergency, the last thing I would have ever thought of using would be a sleeping child’s back. A foot stool or wheel chock? Sure. But not an ironing board. Inexplicably, 43-year-old Elliot Moore didn’t have that same line of thinking when he used the back of an 18-month-old girl to iron a shirt.
Back in 2010, Moore was watching a woman’s two young children while she was at school. Because the 18-month-old was sleeping on his lap, Moore was experiencing difficulties ironing his work shirt. Needing a wrinkle-free shirt, but enjoying the quiet of a sleeping child, he improvised in an attempt to have both at the same time by using the child’s back as an ironing board.
He stopped patting himself on the back when the girl woke up crying in pain. Noticing he had burned her back, Moore attempted first aid by splashing the burn with cold water and then sticking her in a sleeper. When the girl’s mother arrived home, she stated she found an agitated Moore standing outside in the parking lot holding a bag of his clothes. He left immediately, telling her he needed to hurry and get to work.
It wasn’t until later that evening that the woman realized why Moore was in such a hurry to get the hell out of Dodge. After her daughter would not stop crying, the woman changed her clothes and discovered the large, open burn wound on the little girl’s back. She was rushed to the hospital and police were called. Moore would admit to ironing the girl to investigators and was charged with aggravated battery to a child.
This past Friday, Moore stood in front of Judge Rosemary Collins and plead guilty to that charge and was subsequently sentenced to 12 years in prison. The charge normally carries a 3 to 7 year prison term, but because of the age of the victim, Moore was eligible for an extended term which he obviously (and deservedly) received.Tags: burn, Child Abuse, Crime, Elliot Moore, Illinois, iron