Mom gets nearly 6 years for scalding daughter as punishment

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) _ A Medford woman who admitting to scalding her 3-year-old daughter’s arms as punishment has been sentenced to 70 months in prison.

The Mail-Tribune says 27-year-old Felicia Burton admitted in Jackson County Circuit Court Tuesday that she held her daughter’s hands and arms under hot running water because the child made a mess in her pants in 2014. She pleaded guilty to assault and criminal mistreatment

Court documents show Burton waited a day before seeking medical care. The girl was later taken to a Portland hospital where a doctor described her burns as life-threatening because of the high risk of infection.

Defense lawyer Jeni Feinberg says Burton feels remorse for what happened.

A court-appointed advocate told the court the child is recovering from physical injuries but has emotional scars.

Burton’s partner, Brian Schott, also faces a charge first-degree criminal mistreatment.

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