He was tortured.
That was the conclusion acting Circuit Judge Mike Carr reached after seeing the images of an Immokalee boy, who Collier Sheriff’s reports said suffered severe scalding water burns over a period of a week.
“I will say this. I looked at those pictures,” said acting Circuit Judge Mike Carr on Friday, after describing how the boy’s skin looked like it was melting off the child’s body in front and in the back. “That child was tortured. Whoever did this is a demon from hell.”
The boy’s father, 29-year-old Yaufman O. Robinson
, is now facing aggravated child abuse charges.
According to Collier Sheriff’s reports, the victim’s mother, whose name was blacked out of the report, told deputies Wednesday that Yaufman had not met the child until Oct. 26 due to being incarcerated.
Collier, Charlotte and state prison records show his adult rap sheet, which includes drug and battery convictions and nine other aliases, is lengthy and dates back to 1998, when he was 17. He was released from state prison in June.
The victim’s mother told deputies that Robinson agreed to have the child stay at his apartment for a week, and that she would visit the child daily to check on his welfare.
The child’s age was not reported.
Reports said that everything had been going fine until Oct. 29, when the mother arrived at Robinson’s apartment and noticed severe burns on the child’s face and became scared for the child’s safety.
After the mother went to the store to buy some burn ointment and bandages, reports said Robinson threatened the mother and that she became afraid to take the child to get medical attention.
The mother continued to care for her child’s injuries at Robinson’s home until Tuesday, when reports said she was able to leave the apartment with her child.
However, by Wednesday, reports said the woman realized the child’s condition was becoming worse and took him to Lee Memorial Hospital for care. The child was transported to Tampa Children’s Hospital for treatment.
During his first appearance Friday afternoon, Robinson maintained that he was innocent and that his son’s mother was setting him up for not being with her anymore.
“My son has been with me ever since I got out of prison. This whole statement she wrote is a lie to save herself
,” Robinson told Carr during the video conference. “I ain’t got nothing to hide. That’s my son.”