Indiana Woman Pleads Guilty to Scalding Toddler Son in Bath

(HAMMOND) — A northwestern Indiana woman faces at least three years in prison after she pleaded guilty to scalding her toddler.

Cristiana Mendez

Cristiana Mendez, 23, of Hammond, pleaded guilty on Thursday to neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury. In exchange for the plea to the felony charge, prosecutors dropped several other counts, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

Mendez placed her then-19-month-old son in a dangerously hot bath in July 2017 and poured a cup of scalding water over him, according to the plea agreement. The boy suffered burns on about 40% of his body.

Prosecutors say he has had multiple skin grafts.

A hearing was set for March 12.