HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A mother of a 7-year-old boy and her boyfriend have each been charged with injury to a child.
Authorities said John Terrell, 27, forced the boy to get into a hot shower, causing burns to more than 25% of his body. Authorities said Terrell made the child get into the hot shower as punishment for getting a bad grade at school.
After making the boy get into the hot shower, according to court documents, Terrell took him to a bedroom where he spanked and choked him.
Roekeicha Brisby is accused of not taking her son to get treatment until three days after the incident.
Detectives said Brisby fabricated a story to make it seem like the boy was burned during a cooking accident.
Terrell and Brisby are both due to appear in court on Monday.