PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. — More fun in South Carolina as a a couple were arrested for burning a boy with a kerosene heater as punishment for wetting the bed.

On valentine’s Day an observant relative of a 5-year-old boy noticed some burns on his hands and asked how he got them. He told them his mother’s boyfriend, 31-year-old Ernesto Sanchez, had placed his hands on a kerosene heater as punishment for wetting the bed. This was done in front of his two older brothers as well as his mother, 24-year-old Melinda Roxanne Ramey, who did nothing to stop it.

The boy suffered several large burns that will result in scarring or permanent disfigurement. But the real damage isn’t just the physical kind according to Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan. “That does irreparable mental damage to the child as well,” said Morgan. “It makes one angry to hear that type of thing.”

Police have charged Sanchez is being held on a $25,000 bail, charged with abuse to inflict great bodily injury upon a child. Ramey is being held on a $10,000 bail charged with allowing another person to inflict great bodily harm upon a child.

U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were checking on whether Sanchez is in the country legally. The boy and his two older brothers are in the care of relatives.

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