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Ronquillo Takes Stand, Charged With Scalding Babies in Bathtub

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - The trial against the man charged with scalding his girlfriend's babies in a bathtub finished Wednesday.

Daniel Ronquillo, 25, took the stand in his own defense, changing his story. He says he didn't think all the little details were important, but the defense says they are because of the pattern of burns on the children.

Prosecutors say he was babysitting his girlfriend's 1 and 2-year-old children when they suffered third degree burns last May. Police say he forced them into 140 degree water. Pictures shown in court had a very clear line of burned and unburned skin, but both also had a circle of unburned skin on their bottoms.

The prosecution says healthy babies, as they both are, would try to get out of the scalding water, so burns would be wavy with splash marks.

Originally, Ronquillo told police he put the kids in the tub, turned the water on and left the room. However, now he says they were in the tub, but the water got cold, so he drained and it re-ran the faucet while the babies were siting down, explaining the unburned skin on their bottoms.

Ronquillo admitts to burning the children, but says it wasn't intentional. "I know I shouldn't have left the bathroom. That's what I do know. This is my fault. I take full responsibility for that. That's why I'm sitting right here on this stand. That's all I can do. That's it."

If convicted of torture, he faces life in prison. The defense asked the jury to find him guilty of second degree child abuse, which means he was negligent and he hurt the children, but didn't do it on purpose.

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