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Elliot Moore received a 12-year prison sentence on Wednesday for ironing a work shirt on a toddler’s back, reports the Chicago Tribune.

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Police received an aggravated battery to a child complaint and were called to Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Illinois on February 5, 2010.  When the officers arrived on the scene, they discovered that an 18-month-old toddler had a large open burn mark in the middle of his back. When questioned by police, the unidentified mother told them that Moore was living with her and watching her children while she was away at school.

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On February 4, when the mom got home, she told investigators that she encountered Moore in her complex’s parking lot, looking agitated and holding a bag of clothing. She said the 43-year-old man seemed to be in a hurry. Later that evening, the mother noticed that her toddler was fussy, constantly crying and up all night.

When the woman changed her child’s clothing the following morning, she noticed the burn mark and took her child to the hospital.

When police questioned Moore, he told them that he was babysitting the toddler in question and another sibling. He said he was finding it difficult to iron because the toddler was on his lap fidgeting. Moore then admitted to investigators that he placed one of his work shirts on the toddler’s back and ironed it.

Moore did admit that he saw the large open burn on the child’s back and tried to cool it off with water.  After doing so, Moore then placed the child in pajamas and thought that his remedy had improved the situation.

Moore will serve time at the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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