Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dad charged with felony assault for scalding infant daughter (Oxford, Ohio)

The poor widdle "frustrated" dad is identified as JORGE LOUIS COLON.

Charges held for Chesco dad accused of scalding infant 

By Michael N. Price

Posted: 11/25/12 12:01 am

OXFORD — A 20-year-old father accused of severely burning his infant daughter in October will face felony assault charges in Chester County Court.

Jorge Louis Colon, of Oxford, is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and related offenses for allegedly scalding his infant daughter, Kiara, while bathing her on Oct. 13 at the family’s home.

District Judge Scott A. Massey ruled the prosecution, led by Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Pitts, presented enough evidence to hold all charges for the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. 

Officials said Colon was bathing his daughter, who was suffering from a colic condition, in a kitchen sink when he became frustrated as she began to cry. In his frustration, police said, he turned the water to a scalding temperature and allowed it to contact his daughter’s body.

Chester County Detective Matthew Gordon, who arrested Colon, testified that he interviewed Kiara’s parents after officials at Jennersville Hospital issued a child abuse form to authorities. Gordon then met with the parents at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s burn unit, where the infant was receiving treatment for critical burn injuries.

Colon and his wife, Maria Ortiz, agreed to meet Gordon and other investigators at the Oxford Police Station for an interview the following morning.

Gordon said Colon told investigators that he turned the water from warm to hot after losing his temper. Then the baby screamed.