Man arrested on charges of beating child and bathing him in boiling water
A Palm Coast man is charged with felony child abuse for allegely bathing his young son in boiling water, beating him and striking him with a switch, according to an arrest report.
The suspect, 26-year-old Deviaun Toler, brought the boy to Florida Hospital Flagler Feb. 14 with "severe injuries all over his body, including bruising to his chest, back and a burn to his arm. (The boy) also had a fractured skull and brain swelling," according to a Flagler County Sheriff's Office case report.
Hopsital staff alerted the Department of Children and Families, which alerted the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, which arrested Toler the morning of Feb. 15.
It was three to four weeks ago that Toler bathed the boy in boiling water and with a washcloth soaked in boiling water, leaving a large burn on the child's right shoulder and arm, according to the arrest report. But Toler, at the time, did not get the boy any medical treatment.
Toler had also beaten the boy at least three times with a belt and on other occasions with a "switch" from a tree branch "as a means of discipline, which caused numerous scarred and open lacerations on the buttocks of the child that caused permanent disfigurement," according to the arrest report.
“This is a traumatic situation and, if this child survives, he will spend the rest of his life with scars from this abuse, both physical and emotional,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a news release. “Some people should not be allowed to be a parent. I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison.”
Toler, who lives on Westfield Lane, is charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse and is being held at the Flagler County jail with no bond.