Spanish father charged after using boiling water to bathe his baby son

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ON TRIAL: The court in Jaen.

A 25-YEAR-OLD man from Jaen in northern Andalucia faces 12 years in prison after he allegedly bathed his baby son in boiling water, producing second and third degree burns on 70 per cent of the infant’s body.

The tragic incident occurred when the accused, accompanied by his partner and five-month-old son, spent an afternoon at his sister’s home.

After a couple of hours, his wife and sister went out to buy dinner, while he remained at the house to bathe the baby, which he proceeded to do by pouring “boiling water of very high temperatures” over the child’s body, according to the prosecutor.

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Although the baby began to cry immediately, his father allegedly held him by his head and continued to pour the water over him until eventually he covered him with a towel and dried him “while his skin fell off.”

When the two women arrived home they immediately took the child to the local hospital, where he was admitted to intensive care before being transferred to the Burns Unit at the Virgen del Rocio Hospital in Sevilla.

The young boy’s injuries took almost a year to heal, and he underwent a series of skin grafts and other surgical procedures.

The Public Ministry considers the father guilty of deforming his child and is requesting a 12-year prison sentence, removal of parental rights, plus a further 15 years during which he would be barred from seeing or contacting his son.

The Prosecutor’s Office is also requesting that he pay a fine of €180,000 to the legal representative of the baby.

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