Lufkin man gets 10 years for burning child

Michael Tucker mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Michael Tucker mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A judge has sentenced a Lufkin man responsible for burning a child in the bath tub and waiting until the next day to seek treatment to 10 years in prison.

Michael Shane Tucker, 28, pleaded guilty to injury to a child earlier this year.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Tucker was babysitting his girlfriend's child on April 13, 2010. He had taken the child into the bathroom and turned on the tub faucet and pulled the stopper to the tub. He left the child next to the tub and left the bathroom to talk on the phone.

He heard the child scream and went back into the bathroom and found the child had been burned by the water. The child had severe burns on her back and buttocks, as well as bruising to her head and nose. Tucker did not seek medical treatment, instead picking up his girlfriend from work that night and telling her the child had been burned.

The couple woke up the next morning and saw that the injuries the child were even worse and her skin was peeling. Instead of seeking emergency care, they took her to the Lufkin VA clinic, where Tucker had an appointment.

The doctor at the clinic saw the injuries and told Tucker that she was calling CPS and the child needed immediate emergency care.

Judge Gerald Goodwin determined Tucker's sentence.

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