KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — A man was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday for dipping his stepdaughter’s foot and hand in scalding water three years ago.
24-year-old Jeffery Dice II was charged in 2011 after his then-19-month-old stepdaughter was hospitalized with severe burns to her hand and foot. He was accused of intentionally putting the child in the water, but he said it was an accident.
Dice was convicted in May of Class B felony neglect of a dependent and battery resulting in bodily injury. A jury deliberated for six hours in the case’s second trial — there was a trial in October 2012 that ended with a hung jury, 24-Hour News 8’s news partners at the Kokomo Tribune report.
Dice was sentenced to 16 years in prison on each charge. A judge ordered the sentences run concurrently.