Police: Mom forces son's hands into boiling pot

June 10, 2008 7:29:11 AM PDT
Police say a woman forced her 11-year-old son to put his hands into boiling water as punishment for telling a social worker about his abusive father.

Thirty-year-old Yanira Arias-Ortiz of Easton is charged with aggravated assault and other offenses.

Police say Arias-Ortiz was punishing her son for telling a social worker that his father was living with them in violation of a court order. The man had previously been charged with beating his son.

Arias-Ortiz allegedly ordered the boy to put his hands in a pot of water on the stove and keep them there until the water boiled.

Authorities say the boy was treated for his injuries and is in the custody of Northampton County Children and Youth.

His mother is jailed on $25,000 bail. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com


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