Woman accused of child assault involving stairs, iron sentenced - WNEM TV 5

Woman accused of child assault involving stairs, hot iron sentenced to prison

Posted: Updated: May 14, 2014 01:00 PM
Teresa Hernandez, file photo from previous court appearance Teresa Hernandez, file photo from previous court appearance

A woman accused of burning a 3-year-old boy's hand with a hot iron and causing a serious head injury by pushing him down stairs will spend 10 years behind bars.

Teresa Hernandez, 23, was sentenced to 10 years and three months in prison Tuesday. She pleaded guilty to first-degree assault of a child.

Hernandez was arrested in January after police were called to Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital in Vancouver after a boy was brought in with burns to his hands and severe head trauma.

Court documents state Hernandez was the child's stepmother.

According to court documents, Hernandez admitted that she burned the boy's hand with a steaming hot iron, pressing it down on him for at least five seconds while he screamed in pain.

Hernandez also admitted to causing the boy's head injury two days later by pushing a laundry basket into the child, forcing him to fall down 12 steps before hitting his head on a tile floor.

Police said the boy's father was not home for either injury and took his son to the hospital when he noticed the child was walking unsteadily.

Hernandez told investigators she did not intend to seek medical attention for the boy for either injury, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Hernandez was originally charged with two counts of first-degree assault of a child, but one count was dismissed as part of her plea deal. She was scheduled to face trial next week before reaching a plea deal.

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