Friday, August 2, 2013

Dad gets 6 years for scalding 2-year-old son (Trenton, New Jersey)

Dad is identified as BEAU HOLDER.

Trenton man gets six years for burning toddler son in scalding bath
By Brendan McGrath/The Times of Trenton on August 02, 2013 at 2:43 PM, updated August 02, 2013 at 2:44 PM

 TRENTON — A Trenton man who put his 2-year-old son in a scolding hot tub of bathwater was sentenced to six years in prison today.

Beau Holder, 29, was watching his son Selah Brown on Father’s Day 2011 when he placed the boy in the bath, causing second- and third-degree burns over 65 percent of his body.

Holder’s attorney Antonio Martinez called the injuries that Brown received “utterly horrible,” but said his client did not mean to hurt his son.

“This was not an intentional act by any means,” Martinez said in court today.

Martinez said that since the incident Holder has wanted to reach out to his son’s mother Dedra Brown and her family, but Martinez has cautioned him not to approach them.

Dedra Brown wants Holder to have nothing to do with their son’s life going forward, Martinez said.

Before Superior Court Judge Thomas Sumners issued the sentence, he gave Holder an opportunity to speak.

“To Miss Brown, to the Brown family, to my son: I am sorry,” Holder said.

Sumners followed the terms of a plea deal and sentenced Holder to six years for charges of endangering the welfare of a child.