Sentencing was delayed Monday for a woman accused of dipping her 3-year-old son into scalding water.
Sharese Denson was scheduled for sentencing on two counts of cruelty to children in the second degree, but Superior Court Judge Carl Brown delayed sentencing until he had more information about the boy’s condition and the culpability of co-defendant Dazmon Terrell Jones, the child’s father.
An indictment alleges that Denson placed her toddler into scalding water Sept. 7, 2011, causing him to suffer second- and third-degree burns to his thighs and lower legs. Denson called Jones at work, and he said he would bring home burn cream, according to Assistant District Attorney Grant Usry.
The child was taken to Doctors Hospital the next day, when his skin was blistering and coming off. Denson told doctors that the child fell into the tub, but they questioned that because he had no burns on his upper body, Usry said.
Doctors found dried blood inside the child’s ear, suggesting his inner ear was ruptured by a cupped hand, Usry said.
The couple was indicted Nov. 29; Jones was charged with cruelty to children for not taking the child to the hospital the day of the injury, court records show. An arrest warrant was issued Dec. 1 for Jones, but he had not been arrested as of Monday.
Denson’s attorney, PJ Campanaro, said Monday that Denson ran the bath for herself and that the boy accidentally fell in. She said that Denson immediately called Jones and her mother for help and determined that the boy did not need medical attention. Denson has no previous arrests.
“It’s not in her character for something like this to happen,” Campanaro said.