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Woman arrested after placing her son on burners of hot stove as punishment

By Mason White 7:19 AM September 10, 2013
Anna Ochoa 

By: Shifra Unger
A woman is accused of burning her son on a hot stove and then going to work without addressing the burn wounds.

Anna Ochoa, 26, of Gila Bend, Arizona, was jailed after she burned her young son on the top burner of a stove, because he urinated in his pants.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff, an investigation began, when an anonymous caller contacted Child Protective Services and told them Ochoa was “aggressive and abusive” to her children, especially to her 2-year-old son.

The caller also told CPS workers that Ochoa was heard making several statements like “I’m going to hurt him, because I’m sick of him,” referring to her 2-year-old.

During the investigation, CPS workers found that Ochoa’s son had been badly burned, and that the burn wounds had gone untreated.

Ochoa admitted to deputies that she removed her son’s clothes and then held him over a hot burner after she became angry with him for wetting his pants.

After the child had been “punished”, Ochoa dressed the child and then got ready for work. A forensic examination revealed that the form and severity of the burns were consistent with the child being placed directly on top of a hot burner.

The child also had other injuries including blisters on his fingers and multiple bruises on his lower back.
Ochoa was booked into jail, and charged with child abuse. Her three children, ages 1, 2, and 4, have been placed in protective custody.