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Man sentenced for forcing boy’s hands into scalding water

February 14, 2021 GMT

PORTLAND, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana man on the run for years to avoid criminal proceedings has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for forcing a 5-year-old boy’s hands into scalding water.

Muncie’s Star Press reports that Marcus A. Ternet, 53, was sentenced Friday by a Jay County judge. Jurors convicted him in December for battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a person under 14 years old. He faced a maximum 20-year term.

The incident occurred in a trailer in Portland’s Oakwood Mobile Home Park in 2011. The boy was treated for burns at Jay County Hospital and Fort Wayne’s St. Joseph Hospital.

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Ternet’s trial was set to begin in 2012, but he never showed. A judge then issued a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and jailed in 2019.