A Salinas man was sentenced to four years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for his conviction of felony child abuse on Tuesday, according to Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo. Enrique Sanchez Tejada, 35, was convicted of abusing his unidentified stepson, who was five years old at the time of the abuse in July 2013, Flippo said.
Tejada reportedly became angry with the child for not listening, and proceeded to remove the child’s clothing and submerge him in a tub of hot water. The child was admitted to Natividad Hospital for blisters on his feet the same day, and was later transferred to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Pediatric Burn Unit, Flippo said.
The child suffered from first and second degree burns to his extremities, along with numerous lacerations and bruises consistent with child abuse, according to Flippo. Police later determined that the hot water temperatures faced by the victim were as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
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