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Boy, 2, is punished with scalding water

A 2-year-old Brandon boy went to the bathroom in his pants, so his mother's boyfriend punished him by placing his backside in a pot of scalding water, officials said Tuesday.

The boyfriend, 29-year-old Billy Ray Dixon of 8816 Symmes Road in Gibsonton, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of aggravated child abuse and one count of child abuse, Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. He is being held on $35,000 bail.

The boy suffered second-degree burns from the punishment, which occurred last weekend, Carter said. The boy, who is in the custody of state officials, is in good condition at Tampa General Hospital, Carter said.

The boy's 23-year-old mother took him to the hospital Monday night because she was concerned, Carter said. The hospital then turned the mother over to the Sheriff's Office.

The mother, whose name is being withheld to protect the boy's identity, was charged with one count of child abuse for medical neglect. She is being held on $10,000 bail, Carter said.

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