Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dad sentenced for burning 7-year-old daughter on gas stove, then letting dogs bite her (Rochester, New York)

Dad is identified as PEDRO CORDERO.

Man sentenced for burning daughter on gas stove, then letting dogs bite her
Posted at: 05/22/2012 11:36 AM | Updated at: 05/22/2012 11:41 AM

A Rochester father, who burned his seven-year-old daughter's hands on a gas stove and then ordered two dogs to attack, was sentenced Tuesday.

Pedro Cordero will have to serve one and a half to three years in prison for attempted assault. Judge Francis Affronti told Cordero he hopes he never has contact with his daughter again.

The abuse happened last year inside Cordero's Electric Avenue while the victim's two-year-old sister was also there.

Cordero was originally charged with assault and endangering a child and would have faced up to seven years in prison but the prosecution reached a plea agreement because the victim was seven years old and developmentally delayed. That posed a risk of losing at trial.

Monroe County Assistant district Attorney Kyle Rossi said, “If we lost, there's a chance that she would have to go back to him and we certainly could not have let that happen. These girls did not want to talk, they were threatened, they were terrified.”

Cordero's wife, but not the mother of the victim, was in court today but she had no comment.

The victim and her little sister are living with their grandmother.