A South San Francisco foster mother who allegedly burned a child in her care with bleach was given a suspended sentence of 20 days in jail and three years of supervised probation today, according to prosecutors. Patricia Ann Moore, 68, was sentenced today in San Mateo County Superior Court after pleading no contest to one count of misdemeanor child endangerment, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti.
Moore was originally indicted in 2012 on two felony counts of willful cruelty to a child and infliction of injury on a child, but pleaded no contest to the lesser charge in return for a promise of no jail, prosecutors said. Moore came under suspicion on Aug. 19, 2010, after her daughter brought a 20-month-old girl who was in her care to Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco with first- and second-degree burns on her buttocks, according to prosecutors.
Moore told investigators she had bathed the girl in water with a capful of bleach, but doctors said the burns showed the marks of a diaper fabric and were only on the areas covered by the girl’s diaper, prosecutors said. Investigators then found a diaper in the trash at Moore’s home that was soaked in bleach on the rear end of the diaper, prosecutors said. Moore can never serve as a foster parent again, and was ordered to undergo counseling or treatment for child abuse, Guidotti said. She is to have no further contact with the child.
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