Published on April 4th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman0
Richmond man withdraws from plea deal in scalded child case
A Richmond man accused of punishing a girl he was baby-sitting by placing her in scalding water withdrew Tuesday morning from a plea agreement that would have seen him sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Robert D. Kendall, 28, of 213 N. 10th St., Apt. 1 in Richmond was arrested in April 2012 on one count each of neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age (both Class B felonies).
Police claim Kendall forced a 7-year-old girl he was baby-sitting to stand in scalding water as punishment, causing second-degree burns on her feet that required hospitalization.
As part of the plea agreement filed last month in Wayne County Circuit Court, Kendall would have pleaded guilty to battery resulting in bodily injury and been sentenced to 15 years in prison with no time suspended. The neglect count would have been dismissed.
During Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Kendall withdrew from the agreement. He has until Friday to file a notice of intent to plead guilty, the court said. If Kendall does not file the notice, future court dates will be scheduled.
Kendall remains in the Wayne County Jail on $50,000 cash bond.
Upon conviction, a Class B felony carries a sentence range of six to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Source: pal-item.com “Richmond man withdraws from plea deal in scalded child case,” April 2, 2013.