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A mother who deliberately burned her little son, avoided jail time in a court in Ireland, according to court proceedings.
A court heard how the mother waited six days before seeking medical attention for her two and a half-year-old son, after she inflicted burns of first and second degrees on the young child.
Circuit Court Judge Carroll Moran, issued a two year suspended sentence to the 26-year-old woman, for burning and not treating her son. Judge Moran said the woman pleaded guilty and was entitled to a lenient sentence.
Judge Moran told the court that “she was convinced that the burns were not accidental and deliberately done. I cannot speculate on what might have happened, unless there is evidence before me, in this case, there is none. For this reason, the defendant has not been charged with anything but neglect.”
The court heard how the child, now five, suffered burns on both legs, but was not taken to a doctor until several days later.
The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police that her son suffered burns after he was wedged between the bed and a radiator while she was out of the house. However, in his report, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Peter Meagher said: "It is my firm view that these extensive burns was a result of boiling water."
He also said: "The explanation given by the mother has a very dubious validity. These burns have been intensely painful, because of their depth and should have been followed up by seeking emergency medical care and the delay of a week before seeking medical attention is incomprehensible."
The defendant's lawyer, Mark Nicholas, said his client had told the Probation Service at that time that "she did not believe that the burns were so bad."
Nicholas said his client, who is now seven months pregnant, suffered from psychological problems at the time. He said she was in a zombie-like state after the child suffered burns.