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Shower used to severly burn autistic child

Posted Dec 07 2010 1:49am

Just when you think you’ve heard everything about the pain non autistic people visit on autistic people, along comes a new scumbag with a new ‘method’ of hurting people:

An ex-con babysitter was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday for using a shower to severely burn an 8-year-old autistic child after she soiled herself while in his care.

Incredibly, it seems that the victims mother sides with this person:

The defendant’s mother, Vivian Acosta, held up a poster board containing photos of him and the victim playing together as she testified on his behalf Monday.

“The children, he loves them,” she said. “I know he made a small error in leaving her alone, and I beg for mercy of the court. I know he knew better, but it was an accident.”

Yeah, the children, he loves them. Thats right up there with the stupid, it burns (pun intended).

During the trial, jurors heard testimony that the shower water reached up to 157 degrees and that human instinct would cause even those with severe autism to step away from such temperatures.

The pattern of the third-degree burns are consistent with the girl being held down, DeMartino said. The girl, whose autism prevents her from speaking, has undergone multiple surgeries and has almost died as a result of the burns, he said.

I don’t know who’s worse, the scumbag who held down this little girl and purposefully scalded her or the mother who’s excusing his actions.

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  3. Kathryn Bjornstad:
    That's disgusting. Obviously she must have been in the hot water for more than a few seconds to have burns so bad they required surgery. She'd have gotten out of the tub or at least screamed. If I was the kid who got burned, I wouldn't want my mother to be praising the guy who did that--please tell me they took the kids away from her.
  4. Kristina:
    How horrible! But given the benefit of the doubt, the mother may be telling the truth and it was just an accident. Or she's really chummy with the babysitter and is a terrible mother! This is so sad. I hope the child's doing better and the mother be investigated as well.
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