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Detention deputy severely burns 3-year-old as punishment for keeping him awake

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A detention deputy employed in Hernando County, Fla. was charged with aggravated child abuse and child neglect after a three-year-old boy in his care was taken to Spring Hill Regional Hospital on Friday afternoon with severe burns to different parts of his body, including his genital area.

According to a Jan. 18 report from My News 13 in Fla., deputies from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office were called to the hospital regarding the suspicions burns on the child’s body. Those deputies quickly concluded that the burns weren’t accidental, and called in detectives to investigate the child’s burns further.

Detention deputy Cody Marrone, 21, originally told those investigators that the three-year-old somehow managed to burn himself with a hairdryer.

After being read his rights, though, Marrone admitted to using the hairdryer to burn the child as punishment for not allowing him to sleep, an arrest report said.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office did not specify the relationship between Cody Marrone and the three-year-old boy, except to state that the child was under Marrone’s care at the time he was burned.

Marrone was freed Saturday morning after paying a $20,000 bond.

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