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Police: 2-Year-Old Burned With Cigarettes 15 Times

| by Brendan Kelly
Anna Russell and Enrique SotoAnna Russell and Enrique Soto

A Pennsylvania couple has been jailed after police say the woman tortured her 2-year-old son while her boyfriend watched and laughed.

Anna Russell, 19, and her boyfriend, Enrique Soto, 25, of East Pittsburgh, have been jailed on charges including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy. 

Police say Russell burned her 2-year-old son with cigarettes at least 15 times as Soto watched, laughing.

The boy's grandmother brought him to be examined after spotting the burn marks in August 2015, roughly a week after they were inflicted on him, according to WTAE. The doctors who examined Russell's son say they "found with a high degree of medical certainty that these wounds were consistent with cigarette burns."

"Whoever inflicted these wounds upon [the boy] did so intentionally, knowingly and recklessly," a criminal complaint stated.

The boy's 3-year-old sister told police during an interview that Soto was watching and laughing as Russell burned her brother.

Russell is being held in jail in lieu of $150,000 bail, while Soto is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail. The couple is due in court on April 19 for a preliminary hearing.

Both children were placed into foster care following the boy's medical examination.

Sources: WTAEDaily Mail / Photo credit: Allegheny County Jail via Daily Mail

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