FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) -- A former foster mother was convicted of burning a young boy’s arms with a hair straightening iron in Superior Court on Wednesday.
After a week-long trial and a day of deliberation, 33-year-old Kelly O’Brien of Fall River was found guilty on charges of assault and battery of a child under the age of 14 causing substantial injury, and reckless endangerment of a child.
A judge ordered O’Brien to serve 8 to 10 years in state prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised probation upon her release.
"This was a very disturbing case and I am thankful for the jury's verdict. The need for good foster parents in our society is more crucial than ever because of the increasing challenges they face. When a person with the solemn responsibility of caring for a foster child instead physically or sexual abuses that child, the need for a successful prosecution and severe sentence is paramount," District Attorney Sutter said.
In January 2009, Police were notified after a doctor at an area hospital filed a child abuse report with the Department of Children and Families after a 4-year-old boy was taken in for treatment of third-degree burns.
The boy underwent skin graphing surgery.