A woman who punished a 9 year old boy by making him sit in a bathtub while she poured boiling water on him, to the point where he will require physical therapy and skin grafts and a host of reconstructive surgery, also making the boy clean the kitchen after she burned him. The youngster said his feet were too blistered to clean, and then she threatened to beat him if he didn’t clean and finally took the poor child to the hospital after enduring 4 days of excruciating pain, will get only 6 months in jail and will most likely get her child back.
Let it be known, that Shamia Lawson did these things. She lives in Baltimore.
Let is also be known, the Judge who thought the child abuse wasn’t a big deal and who most likely sees children as less valuable than a dog, and that their suffering is inconsequential, is Circuit Judge John M Glynn.
Perhaps, if it were his own child, this may have turned out differently. Nobody will ever know why the Judge decided that this child’s torture doesn’t matter and why his sympathy lies with a brutal child abuser. Perhaps he identified with her sadistic enjoyment of torturing the innocent child.
Everyone ought to be ashamed that this Judge is part of the system that is supposed to hand down punishments to those that hurt people. Everyone ought to be ashamed who elected this Judge and most of all, this Judge ought to be ashamed of himself.
At yesterday’s sentencing hearing, Drake repeated some of the saddest details.
She said Lawson “forced [the boy] into a tub of water and poured five pots of boiling water into the tub. … She pushed him into the water and threatened to beat him with a belt if he got out.”
When the boy emerged, Lawson ordered him to clean the kitchen, but he said his blistered feet hurt too much. “So what?” was her response, Drake said.
Four days later, Lawson took the badly injured child to Howard County General Hospital and gave fake names. She “told different and convoluted lies” to hospital workers and to police, said Drake, who called Lawson “a talented liar.”