November 24, 2014
A Lincoln man who used a cigarette to burn a 16-month-old girl has been given two to four years in prison.
Twenty-three-year-old LaDeryl Lathan had pleaded guilty to felony child abuse.
Prosecutors say Lathan was baby-sitting his girlfriend's daughter on July 30. Lathan told the woman when she came home that the girl had picked up his cigarette, which contained an illegal synthetic drug, and burned herself on her face, lips, neck, a leg and an arm.
The mother took the little girl to a hospital on July 31. Authorities say doctors reported those injuries and chest bruising and wrist fractures to police.
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