Prosecutors: Man Scalded 2-Year-Old Son Because Of Dirty Diaper

CHICAGO (STMW) — A man became so upset when his 2-year-old son asked him to change his soiled diaper that he scalded the toddler with a burning hot frying pan.

The 22-month-old boy suffered first and second-degree burns on his penis, scrotum and thigh, which required skin grafts, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The boy’s father, 39-year-old Marco Santos, is charged with aggravated battery of a child, a Class X felony. He was ordered held on $500,000 bond Wednesday, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.

The toddler’s mother, 36-year-old Joanna Pawlina, is also charged with endangering the life and health of a child, a misdemeanor, because she didn’t take the baby in for treatment until three days later.

It happened in a home in the 5900 block of West Addison on Nov. 7, prosecutors said. The toddler came into the kitchen and said he needed his diaper changed. That’s when Santos took off the diaper and part of it fell apart.

That upset him and he placed the hot pan on the child’s thigh and genital area, burning him. He tried to put ointment on the burns but instead used toothpaste, court records indicated.

The parents noticed the baby was having trouble walking but didn’t take him to the hospital until Nov. 10. Police said they were notified by Loyola University Medical Center’s child abuse hotline, which then led to the arrests, police said.

The Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services is investigating allegations of abuse and neglect against the parents, spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said. The agency also investigated an unfounded allegation of neglect against the couple in August 2011. Whitelow said Pawlina still has custody of her children.

Santos has a conviction for felony burglary in 2008 for which he was sentenced to two years probation, court records indicated.

He’ll appear for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 21 in Domestic Violence Court (Br. 64.)

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • tj

    I think someone should take a hot pan to this Quidos genitals, so he can never participate in a reproduction scenerio again.

  • Elle

    How can you not take him to the hospital!!! Poor excuse of a mother & even worse excuse of a “father.” Let him ROT in jail & keep this poor baby away from such a horrible home.

    • Roberta Waker

      I agree that the mother should NOT have waited for three days to take this poor baby to the hospital. Charging her with a misdemeanor is wrong; she should be charged with a FELONY and all her children taken away.

      • Jim Hamilton

        Yes indeed I couldn’t agree more

  • johny

    he anal raped . by tyrone

  • karma

    what if she is lying?

  • Jose Rodriguez Matinez Gonzalez Doritos

    What the hell is this sh!t ball, bean eating Mexican’s immigration status??

  • VoiceofReason

    Another daily contribution from the “culture” that enriches us so deeply.

    Diversity or civilization…the choice is yours!

  • Joanna

    That muthafck3r, piece of 5hit I really hope they do a number on his a55 in jail, poor baby!!!

  • vic ra

    Really…the mom??!! If he is this crazy, why do you think she would want to incur further wrath??!! Why does everyone want to make everything the mom’s fault…never ends….move on to the dad’s…

    • Roberta Waker

      The mother didn’t take him to the hospital for THREE DAYS while this little boy was in agony and you don’t think she is at fault? How would YOU feel if a hot fying pan was put against YOUR genital area and then rubbed with toothpaste? She should have all her children taken away and charged with a FELONY, not a misdemeanor for not taking him to the hospital sooner. In this case the mother IS at fault for doing nothing.

  • christopher santos

    really dad why would you do this i cant even look you in the eye

  • Jim Hamilton

    Why are these two people even still alive? Why can’t they turn sick people like these over to the public and walk away? man I am literally broken hearted over this. My wife and I will pay this little baby boys Dr. bills and give him a good home how can I get him?

  • Jim Hamilton

    OMG! Wow! they are not taking these children away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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