BOY PUNISHED WITH BOILING WATER BY HIS GODMOTHER, SHAMIA LAWSON – NEEDS SKIN GRAFTS – CCA0008

BOY PUNISHED WITH BOILING WATER BY HIS GODMOTHER – NEEDS SKIN GRAFTS

12Shamia Lawson, who was taking care of her godson, decided she needed to punish him, punish him for going outside without her permission.  A severe offense I know.  The 9-year old boy was forced to sit in a bathtub while this woman poured five pots of boiling water over him, threatening to beat him with a belt if he got out.  When the boy was finally allowed out of the bathtub, he was ordered to clean the kitchen.  When the child informed Lawson that his blistered feet hurt too much, she responded “So what?”, and then threatened the boy again that he would be beaten if he did not clean the kitchen.  As if further torture where needed, Lawson then refused to take the boy to the hospital for four days which he spent in excruciating pain.  When the little boy was finally seen at the Howard County General Hospital, doctors learn the severity of his wounds will require skin grafts, a host of reconstructive surgeries, and intense physical therapy.

The facts read into the court record during Shamia Lawson’s plea agreement were horrific, making her punishment in Baltimore Circuit Court all the more shocking to city prosecutors and the boy’s relatives: six months behind bars.  Lawson originally faced six charges, including child abuse. She was convicted of first-degree assault, a crime that carries a maximum possible penalty of 25 years in prison. Under the terms of her plea arrangement, she could not have received more than 10 years. Circuit Judge John M Glynn was the one to hand down the slap on the wrist, which has infuriated many many people.

Comaromi asked the judge not to give his client any jail time. Assistant State’s Attorney Julie Drake made no sentencing recommendation, saying she would leave it in the judge’s hands.

Circuit Judge John M. Glynn called the case “troubling,” “disturbing” and “bad,” and said there had to be “serious consequences for this.”  Then he sentenced Lawson to 10 years in prison, with all but six months suspended. Explaining why in court, Glynn said, “The real point of a sentence like this is to deal with the defendant into the future.”  He said he didn’t think putting Lawson behind bars for several years “would be helping the situation”.

“This is a person we want walking streets and raising another child?” asked Drake after the court hearing .  “I was astounded and bitterly disappointed at the sentence.”

The boy’s relatives also expressed disbelief about the jail term. His grandfather, Alvin Fairley, noted plainly, “You get more time for hurting a dog than you do for hurting a child.”

And I think Alvin Fairley said it best.

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~ by LTWH on January 10, 2012.

3 Responses to “BOY PUNISHED WITH BOILING WATER BY HIS GODMOTHER, SHAMIA LAWSON – NEEDS SKIN GRAFTS – CCA0008”

  1. Can you advise a way to protest at the sentence handed down here. Justice has not been served.

    • I share your disappointment and frustration. I would love to speak with you more about the steps we can take to officially protest the sentence. Please email me at NadineRisi@hotmail.com and we can talk more. Thanks Katy!

  2. THE SYSTEM JUST FAILED THAT CHILD.MRS.LAWSON IS STILL CAUSING HARM AND NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE.SHE NEEDS TO BE PUT AWAY FOR THE 10 YEARS.

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