Police: Toddler's Skin Burned Off During Hot Oil-Hair Dryer Torture
APOPKA, Fla. -- A Central Florida man is accused of pouring hot cooking oil on a 17-month-old and using a hair dryer to burn his skin off because the toddler apparently would not stop crying and whining.
Police said Darlanne Toussaint was charged with felony attempted murder on suspicion he abused his girlfriend's son in an Apopka apartment building Thursday.
The mother of the child, Marlita S. Stokes, 23, was arrested on Friday and faces charges of child neglect and providing false information to police.
According to a charging affidavit, Toussaint poured the hot cooking oil on the boy, shook him hard for 10 minutes and then burned him with a blow dryer to the point that his skin fell off, Local 6 reported.
"It is alarming to think that an individual can cause this type of harm to a human being, let along an infant of 17 months old," Apopka police Officer Steven Popp said.
Investigators said Toussaint abused the infant "because he was tired of his crying and whining."
"The majority of us officers have children, and it is hard for a case like this not to affect you emotionally," Popp said.
The child is in stable condition at Florida Hospital.
Toussaint is being held without bond at the Orange County Jail, Local 6 reported.
Oh my god. All I can say is wow. This hurts me to see someone do this kind of thing to a little child. Children are supposed to be a parents blessing. Not something that you can harm....I can't stand people like this. I almost cried when I saw this, it's very terrifing if you ask me. This guy should get up to at least 40 years in prison. He deserves it... what do you think???