A Florida man previously accused of putting a toddler in an oven is now accused of pouring boiling water over a 3-year-old.
Terry May, 47, of Deltona, was arrested Thursday on a child abuse causing great bodily harm charge, after a daycare instructor noticed a burn mark on a 3-year-old boy’s body, according to the Volusia Sheriff’s Office.
The daycare called investigators on Sept. 27 and an “investigation revealed May poured boiling water onto the child after the child accidentally urinated on the floor,” according to the sheriff’s office.
"Terry burned me,” the victim said, according to Sheriff Mike Chitwood, who added, “This little boy had an accident, and we believe Terry got boiling water from the stove and poured it on him.”
May is a relative of the child’s caretaker’s boyfriend and the caretaker was in the hospital when the child was burned. Investigators believe that he was burned two weeks before daycare staff noticed the injury, according to Click Orlando.
May’s wife allegedly tried to convince the daycare not to call the authorities and told the boy's mother the burn mark came from playing on the trampoline, reports Click Orlando, citing the arrest affidavit.
Just last year, May was accused of abusing another 3-year-old in a brutal manner. In that case, he was accused of burning a little girl, after beating her with a belt and putting her in an oven, according to Chitwood. That case was not prosecuted, and "no information" as to why was filed last year, according to the sheriff’s department.
“Unfortunately it was her word against Terry's, and prosecutors weren't able to make the case,” Chitwood tweeted, however. “The charge was dropped.”
The sheriff called May both a “bully” and a “coward, who picks on 3-year-olds."
"He is an out-and out-psychopath. I mean, this guy likes to hurt and burn little kids," the sheriff told Click Orlando.
When May was arrested following last year's oven allegations, he defended himself to Click Orlando, specifically calling out Chitwood, saying, “If you got common sense, and you know kids and you know the oven. My oven preheats at 350 degrees. If you put a kid in the oven, you think she's going to have a little burn mark? I just want to let Chitwood know that I'm not a scumbag. My name is Terry Lee May and I'm a good guy. I'm innocent until proven guilty, and right now, I'm totally innocent."
May is being held on a $250,000 bond for the recent allegations.
It’s not clear if he has a currently has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
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