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Texas Grandmother Pleads Guilty To Murdering Grandson

| by Erik Kindel

Patricia Flores, 44, of Haltom City, Texas, was sentenced April 6 to 57 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering her 2-year-old grandson.

In March 2016, Lyfe "Gabe" Flores died after suffering burns all over his body. After the child allegedly fell into a bathtub of boiling water, Flores delayed her grandson's treatment for six days. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Flores, a former certified nursing assistant, thought she could care for his injuries himself.

When Flores finally called 911 six days after the incident, she told the operator that the child was having trouble breathing and going into shock.

WFAA reports that, when the boy eventually arrived at the hospital, his condition had worsened beyond only the burns. A doctor testified that in addition to shock, Lyfe was also missing teeth and bleeding internally. As for the burns Flores thought she could treat herself? Some had been wrapped using Maxi Pads.

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Heather Hudson, a Haltom City police officer and one of the first responders to Flores' home, also testified about the boy's condition. Upon arrival, she noticed "his feet, almost all the skin was burned off … There were black spots, like dead skin or infection. And his genitals and buttocks were burned very badly."

During the trial, the jury saw pictures of Lyfe in the ER. Family sobbed and testifying witnesses were often left speechless.

WFAA also reported that Cook Children's E.R. doctor Catherine Moore took the stand to testify April 4 during the jury's deliberation. Dr. Moore said the boy's injuries were some of the worst she'd ever seen.

"I've seen lots of abuse; I've seen lots of trauma, I have never seen a child before him that was -- that suffered -- I think is the best word to say."

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"When you see a patient who's about to die, they have a look to them. And I've seen several," Dr. Moore continued. "This young man had that look."

According to KDFI, a doctor indicated that the boy had suffered third-degree burns on over 20 percent of his body, and their locations suggested that he had been held in the hot water. According to this doctor, if Lyfe had received proper medical attention immediately, he would have survived.

It took juries two days of deliberation to decide on Flores' sentence.

"She doesn't deserve to walk among us," prosecutor Kelly Meador said in a statement.

Sources: WFAA, KDFI, Fort Worth Star-Telegram / Photo Credit: Family of Lyfe Flores via Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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