Live-In Babysitter Arrested for Alleged Child Abuse
Rowena Lugtu-Shaddox | Fox40 News
ROSEVILLE — "I just wanted to strangle the guy, and he walked around you know. He was so calm."
Raw reaction from neighbor Tina Marshall, after she saw stunning injuries to a 3-year-old boy, who police say, was in the care of his 23-year-old babysitter, Samuel Charles Flores.
"His eyes were open. They were glazed over. He was foaming at the mouth," Marshall said.
Police say Flores was drunk when he poured scalding water on the boy to discipline the toddler.
"It was discipline that rose to the level of child abuse that should not have been done." Roseville police Sgt. Cal Walstad said.
"He was burnt from the top of his neck all the way down to his butt. The burns were so severe that the skin was pulled away from his back," Marshall said.
Investigators say the parents were at work when their son was hurt.
"The mother was screaming my baby. My baby. She was pounding the ground. I kept trying to get her to calm down. Of course, you're not going to calm a mom down when you're baby's like that," Marshall said.
She said Flores gave her a lame excuse for the little boy's injuries.
"He said I was running a bath for hin and he fell in the bathtub. I said this is not from a bathtub," Marshall said. "He acted weird. I knew that there was something that he wasn't saying."
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