LAKE CHARLES, LA—The woman who was accused of severely abusing her 2-year-old foster child will not serve any time in prison.
Lan Huyhl Le was arrested in September 2011 after the young boy under her care was admitted to a local hospital with severe burns on his feet and legs.
American Press reports that both legs required skin grafts. Investigators said that the burns were uniform and without splash marks.
According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, the child sustained second- and third-degree burns to his legs and had bruises on his ears, face and under one arm.
Le claimed that the boy had climbed into the tub by himself. She had no burns on her hands or arms; investigators noted that she would have been likely to have burns if she had reached into the water to pull out the plug, as she said she did.
In December 2011, Le pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and one count of cruelty to a juvenile.
During a six-day trial in May, she was found guilty of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. Le did not testify during her trial and said that the incident was an “accident.”
“I loved all my foster kids,” she told Ware. “What happened was everybody’s worst nightmare and something I have to live with every day of my life.”
Judge Ron Ware gave Le a five-year suspended sentence and three years supervised probation.
Le, 29, who now lives in Florida, must pay a monthly supervision fee as well as a $500 fine.