BENTON -- A woman has been found guilty of causing second and third-degree burns to her young stepson by submerging him in hot water.
Laura Hernandez, 25, was convicted of first degree endangering the welfare of a child after a two-day jury trial, which ended Tuesday. Scott County Circuit Judge David Dolan set sentencing for June 28.
On July 16, 2009, the 33-month-old boy was taken to Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston with severe burns on his left leg, both buttocks and right ankle, according to testimony during the trial. At the time, the child was in the care of Hernandez.
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