West Lampeter Township Police Corporal Kirk Bedsole says Melendez is accused of burning the toddler, kneeing him, whipping him with a belt and beating him with a shoe. He says emergency room doctors say the beatings took place over several hours Tuesday night.
Neighbors heard screams and called police. Bedsole says Melendez gave excuses that did not fit with the severity of the injuries.
Information from: Lancaster New Era, http://www.lancasteronline.com