A Washington mother is facing charges of burning her young son’s hands on an electric stove and pouring salt in the wounds because he was misbehaving.
On September 25, a student at a Lynwood-area school informed school officials that one of his classmates had “owies” on his hands.
The boy with the injuries was Karina Torrescano Hernandez’s 6-year-old son. Initially, when asked how he hurt his hands, the boy, whose name was not released, said he hurt himself on the monkey. Eventually, the boy began crying and said his hands were burned by his mother because he touched an iPad.
When confronted by police, Hernandez said he burned his hands trying to roast marshmallows. She told them it probably happened while she was taking a nap, which she often did because she works the night shift. Hernandez said she did not take him to the hospital because she did not want her children, she also has a 3-year-old, to be taken away.
However, when doctors examined the boy, they found scarring indicative of multiple burns likely caused by “an electric stove or something similar.”
Despite the mother’s claims, a babysitter also came forward and said she heard the boy was intentionally burned because he had misbehaved. She also told police she was worried about the boys, who were described as “exceptionally compliant” due in large part to their fear of angering their mother.
Further investigation by doctors found the boy also had scar on his head, his neck, shoulder, and buttocks.
Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and taken to jail on one count of domestic violence and second-degree assault of a child. She is being held on $25,000 bond.