2010-11-05 / Top Stories

Mom Pleads Guilty To Scalding Toddler Son

By Howard Schwach

The bungalow where the toddler was scalded. The bungalow where the toddler was scalded. A Rockaway Park mother has pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child for severely burning her toddler son by deliberately immersing him in scalding hot water for having soiled himself.

District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendant as Regina Cooper, 31, of 112-34 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Cooper pleaded guilty on October 28 to one count of firstdegree assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter. Brown said, “Despite the child’s attempts to get out of the bathtub and his frantic cries the defendant held him in the water, resulting in severe scalding over 21 percent of his body. The child will remain scarred – both physically and emotionally – particularly because it is his own mother who harmed him.

oday’s guilty plea underscores this office’s commitment to the prosecution of those who would seriously injure helpless, innocent children.”

Brown added that, according to the defendant’s own admissions, Cooper got upset when she came home around midday on January 25, 2010, and was told that her three-year-old son, Barkim Owens, had soiled his pullups.

Cooper cursed at her son, stripped him of his clothing and placed him in the bathtub without testing the temperature of the water.

She held him submerged in the water for several minutes while the child screamed, cried and pleaded with his mother to take him out. When she finally pulled him out, his skin began falling off his body.

He was taken to Nassau County Medical Center where he was admitted with serious, deep tissue second-degree and third-degree burns to his feet, legs, buttocks and genitals.

Cooper is expected to be sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years post release supervision on November 16, the date of her next court hearing.

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