Dad accused of burning daughter’s hand on stovetop as punishment

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Bartow father is accused of burning his 9-year-old daughter’s hand on a hot stovetop to punish her for stealing.

According to an arrest report, the child’s school notified the Department of Children and Family Services after she reportedly came to school Wednesday with a bruise on her left eye and what appeared to be a significant burn on her right palm.  

The girl told investigators she was burned when her father, 39-year-old Felipe Casanova put her hand over a hot stovetop

Detectives visited the child’s home and interviewed Casanova who admitted to placing her hand over the stovetop to “teach her a lesson” after she stole from the family. When the girl pulled away from the stove, she fell over a stool near the stove and got a black eye, Casanova said. 

Casanova was arrested for aggravated child abuse and booked into Polk County Jail. 

Further information was not immediately available. 

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