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Trial Continues for Man Charged With Scalding Babies


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - Jurors are back in court for day two of a child torture trial.


Prosecutors say Daniel Ronquillo abused and tortured his girlfriend's 1-and-2 year olds by holding them in a tub of scalding water. Both kids suffered severe burns and ended up at the University of Michigan Hospital.

In court on Tuesday, Dr. Bethany Mohr, a University of Michigan Child Abuse Pediatrician, says she examined the children the day they were admitted to the hospital and that the multiple injuries were characteristics of abuse. "Not only was there bruise or injury on his forehead, but now we have fatigue eye, bruising on his cheek, bruising on his ear and bruising on the left side of his head in addition to all of these burn injuries."

But in his videotaped interview with police the day he was arrested, Ronquillo said he did not hurt the children on purpose. He said he put them in the bath, turned on the water and left the room.

Police testified that the water when they arrived on the scene was 140 degrees. Dr. Mohr said water that hot would burn a child's skin in mere seconds. When the prosecution asked Dr. Mohr what she thought of Ronquillo's story, she said based on the burn patterns it couldn't have happened that way.

"There's no splash marks. There's the clear line between burned and unburned skin. That history in my mind, in my opinion, does not make sense," said Dr. Mohr.

The trial continues Wednesday. 6 News will be in the courtroom and continue to bring updates to this story.

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