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Father kills his 2-year-old daughter with hot shower to discipline her

By Mason White 3:18 PM November 11, 2014
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A father was arrested on charges of murder after allegedly throwing his child into a hot shower in order to discipline her, police in Austria said.

Vienna Police said that the 2-year-old girl was placed in an induced coma after her father placed her into the hot shower, leaving her with severe burns.

She later died of her wounds.

The child’s father, 26-year-old Alexander S., told police that he did not notice that the water in the shower was boiling when he threw his daughter Leonie inside.

He claimed that he did not even realize she’d been burned until blisters began to appear hours later.

Doctors however, said that the burns were so severe that it was impossible that the man could not have realized what had happened.

The father also admitted that the child cried almost nonstop for a day, before deciding to take her for treatment. She was immediately placed in intensive care.

The father initially lied to the doctors, saying it was an accident. However, the extent of the child’s injury raised suspicion, and they decided to call the police.

The father told police that he used to put his daughter in cold showers in order to discipline her.

The father was banned from returning to the family home or from having any contact with his wife and two children while the investigation continues.

Social workers said that they are leaving the man’s two other children in the custody of their 25-year-old mother.