Galveston Authorities Allege Unbelievable Child Abuse

By: Associated Press Reports Email
By: Associated Press Reports Email

Galveston authorities arrested an Arkansas man for allegedly placing his infant daughter in a microwave oven, then turning it on. Joshua Mauldin, 19, was in the Galveston County jail Wednesday. His bond is set at $250,000. Miraculously, the baby girl is still alive. She's being treated at Shriners Burn Hospital for third degree burns on the left side of her face and left hand.

Investigators say Maudlin arrived at a Galveston hotel last week along with the baby, his wife and mother. He called 911, saying that
his baby had been burned in the hotel room when he tripped while carrying a pot of hot water to make coffee. After further questioning, police decided the child's injuries were not consistent with that story. They say Maudlin changed his story again before finally admitting the child was placed in the microwave.

Mauldin faces a charge of injury to a child, causing serious bodily harm. The charge carries a possible prison term of five to 99
years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

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