A man who slipped away last year from charges he put a 3-year-old girl in an oven was arrested on Thursday, this time for pouring boiling water on a 3-year-old boy who accidentally urinated on the floor.
Terry May, 47, has been charged with child abuse causing great bodily harm and is being held on a $250,000 bond, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, May was arrested in 2018 when a 3-year-old girl said he beat her with a belt and burned her in an oven.
“Unfortunately it was her word against Terry’s, and prosecutors weren’t able to make the case,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said in a Twitter post on Wednesday. “The charge was dropped.”
This time, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) got a call last month from daycare teachers who saw a burn on the boy’s back. DCF in turn called the sheriff’s office, and, when a deputy asked him what happened, the boy said, “Terry burned me,” but no more.
The child reportedly told the DCF investigator more en route to the hospital, saying he’d had an accident on the floor and May took water from the stove and poured it on him. The boy was reluctant to say more, becoming quiet and visibly frightened.
At the hospital, a doctor said the burn, which covered more than have the child’s back, appeared to be about two weeks old and healing. Investigators found that the boy’s caretaker was in the hospital when the abuse took place, and May was watching over the toddler because he was related to her boyfriend.
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[Featured image: Terry May, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office]