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Florida man put one toddler in oven, threw boiling water on another: deputies

Deputies were notified after the boy’s day-care teachers noticed a burn mark on the child’s back and called an abuse hotline

Miami Herald

A man who was accused of putting a 3-year-old girl in a hot oven is behind bars again after deputies say he poured boiling water on a different toddler.

Terry May, 47, of Deltona was arrested Thursday, accused of pouring boiling water on a 3-year-old boy, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

A judge issued a warrant for his arrest last week on a charge of child abuse causing great bodily harm.

Deputies were notified after the boy’s day-care teachers noticed a burn mark on the child’s back and called an abuse hotline, according to a Sept. 27 charging affidavit.

The burn mark took up half of the boy’s back and “ran from the very top of his back all the way to the bottom,” according to the report.

The instructors asked the mother about the mark and were told the boy was pulled across the top of a trampoline, the report said.

But deputies say they learned during the investigation that May poured the boiling water on the 3-year-old after the child accidentally urinated on the floor. The boy lifted up his shirt to show detectives his back and said, “My back hurts,” and that “Terry burned me,” according to the report.

The child was placed with relatives by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

This isn’t the first time May has faced child abuse charges. He was arrested last year in DeLand after his ex-girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter told deputies he would frequently beat her with a belt and put her in the oven.

The state was unable to prosecute the 2018 case, according to the sheriff’s office.

May’s relationship to the 3-year-old boy was not disclosed by police.

Florida’s Department of Children and Families did not respond to a request for comment.

May’s bond is set at $250,000.

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