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UPDATE: Man Charged With Scalding, Torturing Babies

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Officials say two children, severely burned in the bathtub, were hurt on purpose.

Friday, the man police say did it was charged with torture.

Police say the 1-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy suffered severe burns from sitting in 130-degree water. Officials say they have a very long road of recovery ahead of them, but they were upgraded Friday from critical to serious condition.

"This is not an accident. This is not a child neglect case. This is a torture case," said prosecutors.

24-year-old Daniel Ronquillo was charged with two counts of torture and two counts of child abuse in the first degree. Ronquillo was the only one home when he says he left his girlfriend's kids alone in the bathtub for just a few minutes. He says they may have changed the temperature themselves. But prosecutors say the severity and the depth of the burns suggest otherwise, and it's a case they're ready to take all the way to the end.

"The injuries inflicted on these two young children are among some of the worst we've ever seen...where the child didn't die...and the children could have in this case...just the severity of the injuries is appalling," said Mark Blumer, Jackson Assistant County prosecutor.

This isn't Ronquillo's first run in with the law. He is a registered sex offender for a 2005 conviction for second degree attempted criminal sexual conduct. He is currently being held with out bond at the Jackson County Jail and is expected back in court sometime next week.

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