Craig man gets three years for child abuse

A Craig man will serve three years in prison for placing a 2-year-old boy in bath water so hot it caused third-degree burns, a judge ruled this week.

Alfonso Guevara-Nunez, 23, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections. He will receive credit for 420 days of confinement.

Guevara-Nunez previously had pleaded guilty to child abuse and neglect causing serious bodily harm, a Class 4 felony, for a March 2005 incident involving his girlfriend's son.

Guevara-Nunez's three-year term will be followed by three years of parole.

Guevara-Nunez, a Mexican national in the country illegally, will be deported to Mexico upon his release.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Stern said that during Tuesday's sentencing hearing, Guevara-Nunez's lawyer asked the judge to sentence Guevara-Nunez to two years in prison.

The prosecution asked for three years, Stern said.

Craig police arrested Guevara-Nunez in March 2005, after a doctor reported serious burns on the 2-year-old boy, according to the arrest affidavit.

The burns happened while Guevara-Nunez was babysitting his girlfriend's children, according to the affidavit.

When police originally contacted Guevara-Nunez, he told them the boy had caused the burns himself when he tried to take a bath, according to the affidavit.

Guevara-Nunez later recanted and told police he placed the boy in the bath, according to the affidavit.

Guevara-Nunez said he thought the bath water was a "normal" temperature and that after the bath, Guevara-Nunez dressed the boy and put him on the couch, according to the affidavit.

Guevara-Nunez didn't notice the boy was burned until the boy started screaming, according to the affidavit.

Guevara-Nunez put lard on the boy's legs, which were blistered, before going to a grocery store to buy burn cream, according to the affidavit.

The boy went nine days without the burns being treated by a doctor, according to the affidavit.

When the boy was taken to The Memorial Hospital, doctors determined the burns were so severe that he was taken to The Children's Hospital in Denver.

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