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Day care worker, boyfriend accused of burning 6-year-old girl

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Updated: 8/09/2013 9:03 am
ST. CLOUD, Fla. (WFTV)-- A day care worker and her boyfriend were arrested on child abuse charges after a 6-year-old girl was hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns over 30 percent of her body, police said.

According to St. Cloud police, the girl's mother, Yadzia Ivelisse Morales, and Roberto Juniro Lopez confessed to heating a large bowl of water in a microwave for two minutes and then forcing the child to stand in the shower while they poured the water over her.

Police said Lopez's grandmother alerted authorities after seeing the burns and talking to the girl.

The girl was burned on her face, back and shoulder.

While he was being taken to a waiting police car, Lopez was asked if he felt bad about what had happened.

"Yes, I do. I feel bad," he said.

Morales and Lopez are in the Osceola County Jail on a no-bond status. They are being charged with aggravated child abuse, child neglect causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery and domestic violence.

The young girl, who is recovering at Arnold Palmer Hospital, has been placed into protective custody, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Morales started working at the Shepard's Little Family child care center a week ago. Her employer said Morales' background check came back clean, and she didn't know Morales had been arrested until WFTV told her.

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wishmistress - 8/9/2013 11:55 PM
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looks like a license pic, native.

nativejax - 8/9/2013 6:09 PM
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I meant 'didn't'..... I am so mad at people like this I can't spell,must less get the image of that poor little girls burned body out of my head. Maybe someone down there in lockup will beat the crap out of her good and proper.

nativejax - 8/9/2013 6:03 PM
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Why the heck is she smiling like she did hurt her little girl? Give me 5 minutes alone with this skank, I'll wipe that smile off her ugly, crooked teeth. I hope and pray she doesn't get that child back, ever.

Dremwolf - 8/9/2013 11:59 AM
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Pinksweetz, it was her own daughter.

wishmistress - 8/9/2013 11:31 AM
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Poor little thing! You cannot trust ANYONE.

Pinksweetz - 8/9/2013 10:50 AM
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O.M.G.!!!! Are you kidding me! I am so outraged! I wish someone would do this to my children! They would not see the light of day!

Wingman - 8/9/2013 10:30 AM
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