STCLOUD, FL — Police have arrested a mother and her boyfriend after they say the couple poured boiling water on the woman’s 6-year-old daughter as a form of punishment.
Police said Yadzia Ivelisse Morales’ daughter was crying and “misbehaving” so she disciplined her by microwaving a bowl of water until it was boiling then, with the help of her boyfriend Roberto Lopez, poured the boiling water over the girl as she stood in a shower.
The abuse was reported to police by Lopez’s mother who noticed the girl’s burns while babysitting. The girl is currently recovering at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando with second and third degree burns over 30 percent of her body. Investigators said the burns were to her neck, face and back.
Both Morales and Lopez were arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse, child neglect causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery. They are being held in the Osceola County jail without bond.
Morales has refused to speak with reporters, but Lopez that he does “feel bad about it” but denies he was involved with burning the girl. Police said this isn’t the first time the couple had used hot water to punish the girl. Last week, they made the girl stand in an extremely hot shower.
The girl has since been placed into protective custody and DCF is looking to place her with other family members once she’s released from the hospital.
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