Mom cries as she gets 40 years in jail for putting kids into boiling hot bath as punishment
A 25-year-old mother of two was sentenced to 40 years in jail after she left both her children with serious burns.
Amanda Reyer of Limestone County pleaded guilty to placing her two and five-year-old kids in a scalding bath in order to punish them.
According to Waff 48, the children messed up the bed and Reyer found it fit to place their lives in danger for the disobedience.
The hearing took place in the Limestone County Courthouse. It lasted throughout Tuesday until 3 p.m.
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Prior to her sentence, Reyer requested leniency from the judge. The judge denied her the privilege due to the brutality of her actions.
Judge Robert Baker was teary-eyed when he meted out the punishment to the cruel woman. He said:
"I'm a hard fellow to shock. But you did it."
He effectively used Reyer's crime to send a message about child abuse and its consequences. Speaking directly to Reyer, Baker said:
“This is not a situation where you didn’t know what a medication would do… Hot water is hot. It hurts. It burns.”
Brian C.T. Jones, the Limestone Country District Attorney, made a statement following the decision:
"We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of this case. I want to thank all of the medical professionals that took care of these children. I want to thank family members, the current caregivers, law enforcement. The entire system came together to get this case ready for prosecution."
“This is the kind of case that haunts people at night. A lot of the people involved and the children involved can know when they go to bed, that this woman is going to prison for the next 40 years."
Reyer will receive credit for the three years she has been in the Limestone County jail. She committed the horrific crime in June 2015.
Her daughter Adriauna, 2, received second and third-degree burns covering more than 70 percent of her body. Her son Cameron, 5, suffered severe burns from his waist down.
Reyer's boyfriend Derrick Lynn Defoe was also charged with aggravated child abuse, domestic violence, and attempted murder. He is awaiting trial.
The children were physically scarred for life. Authorities placed Adriauna with her paternal grandmother. They put Cameron with a foster family who intends to adopt him.
Another disturbing story involving a cruel mother happened in Colorado in 2016. Katrina Kennedy-Flores was videotaped hitting her son with a booster chair. She also berated him incessantly.
Kennedy-Flores, 27, was arrested when the video went viral on Facebook. Police then took the child, who is only two, into protective custody. The mother was charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.
And just last month, a mother was found to have abandoned her two and four-year-old children in Texas. Known only as "Ashley," she entered a Boost Mobile store. There, she offered up her children to the manager Muhammad Naeen.
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Naeen said he didn't want the kids. He then listened as the mother told her about her husband who abandoned her. She also claimed that her landlord evicted her.
When Naeen and others in the store called the police. The mother promptly left the store without being seen. Friends and family later told investigators that there were no such problems.
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Ashley was described as depressed when she entered the store but was a "good mother" before the incidence. It remains unknown what her reasons for abandoning her children were.
Police have yet to locate Ashely since she left her children in the store. They placed the two boys in the custody of an unnamed relative.
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