Man called to be a preacher puts daughter in microwave

State takes daughter of man accused of putting her in microwave

May 18, 2007, 1:20AM
© 2007 The Associated Press

GALVESTON, Texas — The state has taken custody of a 2-month-old who was burned after police say her father put her in a microwave oven, officials said.

Children's Protective Services took custody of the child Tuesday, the day her father, 19-year-old Joshua Royce Mauldin of Warren, Ark., was arrested on a charge of felony injury to a child, CPS spokeswoman Gwen Carter said. The baby will be placed in foster care once she's released from the hospital.

Mauldin, who said he came to Galveston with his wife and mother because he was called to be a preacher, told police on May 10 that he put his daughter in the microwave because he was under stress. The family had arrived in Galveston the day before.

Carter said CPS has asked that no family member be allowed to visit the child at Galveston's Shriners Burns Hospital, where physicians from the University of Texas Medical Branch have performed two skin grafts.

The child suffered burns on the left side of her face and to her left hand, police said.

Galveston County District Attorney Kurt Sistrunk said he had seen photographs of the child's injuries. "They clearly met the definition of serious bodily injury," he said.

A Galveston County grand jury indicted Mauldin on Wednesday after hearing evidence that he placed his daughter in a microwave at a motel for 10 to 20 seconds last week.

Police have said the mother and grandmother remain under investigation.