Father sentenced to year in prison for putting son in hot oven to teach him a lesson


Gregory Colver, 21, was sentenced on Friday for holding his son in the oven to teach him a lesson.
A California father convicted of holding his son in a hot oven to teach him a lesson was sentenced Friday to one year in jail.

Gregory Colver Jr., 21, originally maintained he had been asleep while his 17-month-old child wandered into the kitchen, turned the oven on and climbed inside, hurting himself.

The boy suffered second- and third-degree burns that doctors concluded were caused by a "hot, linear object," District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

However investigators poked deeper into the story when Colver's account didn't match up with his girlfriend's, the child's mother, who was at work when the incident happened, KGO-TV reported.

Colver, arrested on Dec. 30, ended up confessing to police that he had held the child in the oven purposefully to teach him the dangers of a hot oven.

His lawyer later said that confession was false and the child's burns were the result of an accident.

Police ultimately determined Colver had been making a pizza in the oven when the child began "banging his hand" against the door, Wagstaffe said, according to the Chronicle.

Colver retaliated by holding the boy in the oven, feet first. When he tried to wriggle out of his father's grasp, he fell onto the hot surface inside and burned his legs.

Colver was convicted in July of felony child endangerment and child cruelty.

He was given credit for time served on Friday, and will therefore only have to spend roughly two more months in jail.

The young father was also sentenced to five years of supervised probation and will have to attend parenting classes and counseling.



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