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Lengthy prison sentence in child scalding case

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California man has been sentenced to 25 years and eight months in prison for scalding an 11-month-old girl by placing her in a bathtub filled with hot water.

The Orange County district attorney's office said Monday that 24-year-old Alexander Hollimon of Westminster was convicted earlier this year on two counts of child abuse, one count of mayhem and a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury to a child under age 5.

Authorities say that on Jan. 26 Hollimon filled a bathtub, awakened the baby, removed her clothing and dipped the lower half of her body into water that was over 120 degrees. Hollimon then peeled blistering skin from the child, identified only as a relative.

Skull, spine, rib and arm fractures were discovered during emergency treatment.

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