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Defendant Sentenced for Inflicting 2nd-Degree Burns on Child

DATE:  December 2, 2016

CASE:  Joseph Zeno (Case #15F02799)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Monica Robinson, Special Assault & Child Abuse Unit

The Honorable Kevin McCormick sentenced Joseph Zeno to 9 years in prison.  On October 26, 2016, a jury convicted Zeno of child abuse.  The jury also found true the allegation that Zeno personally inflicted great bodily injury on a child under the age of 5.

On the morning of October 17, 2014, Zeno was alone with the 2-year-old victim.  The victim’s mother later noticed a large blister on the bottom of the victim’s foot.  The victim was treated at Shriners Hospital for second-degree burns covering the bottom of her foot.  It was found that the only item that could have caused the burn was a hot frying pan.  Zeno denied injuring the child, but admitted he had a form of discipline called “Hot Feet,” where he would smack the bottom of a child’s foot with his hand or hanger.


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