The South San Francisco foster mom accused of burning her then-20-month-old ward with bleach-soaked diapers must complete a year of child abuse treatment and is banned from future care of foster children.
Patricia Ann Moore, 68, was also put on three years of supervised probation and given a 20-day jail sentence but the term was suspended which means she’ll only serve time if she commits a violation.
Moore pleaded no contest in August to misdemeanor child endangerment with the caveat she not serve any time. The question was whether she would be ordered to undergo any type of child abuse program.
Prosecutors were satisfied with the outcome.
“The conviction memorializes her conduct as abusive to a child, and the sentence prohibits her from acting as a foster parent, so we believe that the desired outcome was achieved,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti.
The endangerment charge means a person is accused of acting negligently in a way that is likely to result in physical injury or death rather than acting more knowingly, such as a deliberate blow.
South San Francisco police first arrested Moore in August 2010 after hospital staff tending to the toddler alerted authorities that the child had first- and second-degree burns on her buttocks. According to prosecutors, Moore later told authorities she used bleach-soaked diapers to clean the child who soiled herself quite often. After Moore’s adult daughter brought the girl to the South San Francisco Kaiser Medical Center for care, doctors allegedly noted the burns were in a waffle pattern like that of diaper fabric. Moore allegedly also could not explain why, if the girl had been bathed, she didn’t have burns on other parts of her body that would have been submerged, such as her legs.
The negotiated settlement came during Moore’s second prosecution. After a May 2011 preliminary hearing, Judge Richard Livermore found insufficient evidence to try Moore and prosecutors responded in fall 2012 by seeking a criminal grand jury indictment on felony charges of willful cruelty to a child and infliction of injury on a child.
Moore has free from custody on $50,000 bail.
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