UPDATE: Rocky Mount Man Found Guilty of Child Abuse
Update: Rocky Mount, VA - The man investigators believe held a two year old child in scalding hot water has been found guilty of two felonies related to the crime.
20 year old Shaquille Hancock, of Rocky Mount, faces ten years in prison when he is sentenced in October.
Tuesday Judge William Alexander found Hancock guilty of one count of child abuse and a second count of unintentional neglect.
The case dates back to March 13 when the child's mother found blisters on the legs and backside of the child who had been in the care of her then boyfriend, Hancock.
The defense pointed out that doctors on the initial visit were not 100% sure the injuries were from scalding instead suggesting an allergic reaction might be in play.
Expert medical witnesses that took the stand included three doctors that provided care to the boy who had to stay in VCU's burn center for two weeks.
The university's foremost expert on abuse and neglect, Dr. Robin Foster, said the burns were consistent with immersion burns caused by hot liquid.
Burns so severe she was able to point out where the water line was on the boy's body.
Hancock also took the stand claiming ignorance to anything going wrong the day the boy came down with the blisters which were discovered by the child's mother.
"She just asked me what happened and I just told her I didn't know. And I just told her the whole thing; the whole story of how the day went and I told her I didn't know," said Hancock.
Citing the expert medical testimony and the inconsistencies in Hancock's statements the judge found Hancock guilty. Judge Alexander also pointed out there wasn't enough evidence to show the crime was intentional.
Hancock was allowed to remain free on bond and will be sentenced on October 23rd at 3pm.
Update: Shaquille Hancock has been found guilty of child abuse and endangerment through negligence, not intentionally.He will remain out on bond until he is sentenced in October. -------Rocky Mount, VA - The trial for a Rocky Mount man accused of holding a toddler in scalding bath water is underway in Franklin County.
Shaquille Hancock faces two felonies related to the incident. The trial started at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators tell us the two-year-old boy suffered 2nd degree burns on his legs and buttocks. They also say the water was hot enough to scald "within seconds."
We will bring you any updates as we get them.