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Bartow man arrested for burning 9-year-old's hand on stove top as punishment, police say

Posted at 1:42 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 17:33:28-04

BARTOW, Fla. — A Bartow man is facing an aggravated child abuse charge for burning his daughter's hand on a stove top as punishment for stealing, according to police.

Police say Felipe Casanova, 39, placed his 9-year-old daughter's hand over the stove to "teach her a lesson" for stealing from the family.

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The school reported the alleged abuse after the girl showed up with the burn to her hand and a bruised left eye.

Casanova told police his daughter bruised her eye after she pulled away from the stove and tripped over a stool.

Casanova was arrested for aggravated child abuse.