The Deputy was charged with child abuse and neglect for repeatedly burning a 3 year old boy with a hair dryer.
A Hernando County Deputy was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison and another 10 years of probation for severely burning the legs and genitals of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son with a hair dryer. Deputy Cody Marrone, 21, came home from a shift and was put in charge of the boy while his mother was working. While Marrone originally claimed the boy “burned himself” with the hairdryer, he later admitted that he wanted to sleep, but the child wanted to play.
Circuit Judge Stephen E. Toner said Marrone waited for the metal grill of the hair dryer to heat up then pressed it hard enough against the boy’s skin for it to inflict several permanent scars.
“This took time”, Toner stated, “it took enough time that I don’t see how anyone could contend this was a snap decision. It was enough time for him to stop.”
In an interview with ABC News, Meghan Sherron says she left the boy with her long time boyfriend, who had watched the boy many times before without incident. “The doctors told me it wasn’t a short thing, and it definitely took time.” The child spent three days in the pediatric burn unit, where his genitals were so swollen that they were the size of a softball. He sustained four separate burns to his legs and buttocks, and narrowly avoided skin grafts.
“I can’t stop thinking about it, what my child is going through,” Sherron divulges to ABC.
The child faced rehab after he left the pediatric burn unit, and has fully recovered.
The 15-year sentence was twice as long as the usual state guidelines, but the Judge felt that Marrone felt no remorse and often taunted Sherron after hearings saying “nothing’s going to happen to me. I’m not going to prison,” she testified.
Cody Marrone has a 4-year old son himself, who now is in the protective custody of his biological mother.
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