By Benjamin A. Klopman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In Maryland, a father was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison based on child abuse charges brought by the State. Andre Nathaniel Robinson, age 31, was accused of the crime of child abuse for burn injuries to his baby son. Mr. Robinson maintains his innocence of a crime and stated that the injuries were accidental in nature. The baby treated at Baltimore Washington Medical Center for burn injuries to the chest, right arm and face. While Mr. Robinson had a right to an attorney and to defend himself at trial, he entered an Alford plea to the charges. This type of plea in Maryland allows a Defendant to maintain his or her innocence with a plea that there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.
Parents, babysitters, and caregivers should not use scolding hot water as a threat or as a disciplinary measure against children. It is amazing that this malicious technique of punishment is still used by parents and child caregivers. You can read more about this story at Maryland Man Gets 20 Year Prison Sentence for Child Abuse.