Babysitter Allegedly Beat And Burned Infant With Lighter Because He Wouldn't Stop Crying

He initially blamed the toddler's injuries on a cat and a skateboard.

A man from Portland, Oregon was supposed to be caring for his friend’s 10-month-old son. Instead, he allegedly beat and burned the baby with a lighter after becoming frustrated with the boy’s crying.

Sean Anthony Middleton, 21, now faces four counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and four counts of third-degree assault, KGW reports. According to court documents, the child’s mother told police she met Middleon a few months ago and thought she could trust him. Midldleton texted her while her son was in his care, claiming that he was scratched by a cat but was doing OK. Then, he texted the mother claiming the baby bumped his head on a skateboard, KGW reports.

The mother noticed burns and bruises on her son while changing his diaper. She brought the 10-month-old to a hospital, where doctors checked out the suspicious injuries and subsequently called the police. Authorities said they found bruises on the boy’s forehead, cheeks, chin, abdomen, genitals and back. He suffered a “moon-shaped” burn on his back and scratches on his face, according to court documents. Some of his hair had also been burned off.

Doctors found the boy also tested positive for THC (a chemical found in marijuana) and was severely dehydrated. In fact, doctors said it seemed like he hadn’t consumed food or water in days.

Middleton allegedly confessed to detectives that he grabbed the child by his chest and beat him after growing tired of his crying. Police also claim the suspect admitted to burning the child because he was frustrated with the baby for crying while getting his diaper changed.

[Image: Multnomah County Jail]

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