Boyfriend gets jail, probation in child-scalding case
A Medford felon was sentenced to a month's jail time and probation after admitting to his role in withholding medical care from a little girl who'd suffered severe burns at the hands of her mother.
Brian Dale Schott, 39, displayed little remorse as a court-appointed special advocate recounted the excruciating pain a 3-year-old child felt the night of Sept. 23, 2014 as burns caused by Felicia Krystal Burton went untreated by a professional.
The advocate relayed stories told by seven other children of helping the girl with blankets because she was physically unable to use her hands from the burns, which nearly required skin grafts, and of the girl being ordered by Schott and Burton to "shut up" before they took her to an urgent care clinic the next day.
"More than one said she cried really loudly the night of the incident," the advocate said.
After the child was taken to Valley Immediate Care the next day, she was transported by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center. She then spent 16 days alone at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where she was treated for severe burns to her hands and arms.
"It would be very obvious that that child was in excruciating pain," Senior Deputy District Attorney Terry Smith-Norton said.
The child is now in foster care. Burton, who admitted to holding the girl's hands and arms under hot running water as punishment, was sentenced Tuesday to nearly six years in prison.
Court-appointed defense attorney Vance Michael Waliser said Schott wasn't in the home when the burns occurred, and that Burton told Schott a different story of how it happened. Schott and Burton had been in a relationship for three years at the time, and Waliser said Shott was loyal to Burton.
"He believed her," Waliser said.
Waliser said the burn injuries hadn't yet developed that night, and Schott believed ointment purchased from the store was appropriate.
Eight children lived in the home at the time of the abuse, six of them Schott's. Smith-Norton described "horrible punishments" in the home that included withholding food from children and having children sleep on the concrete garage floor.
"The defendant had to know this kind of treatment was going on," Smith-Norton said.
Circuit Judge Kelly Ravassipour said she believed Schott shouldn't have any contact with his children after seeing a gruesome photograph of the child's injury, but said she had the authority only to advise that he be allowed nothing more than supervised visitations. That is what he is currently allowed by the Department of Human Services with his three older children.
"These children have been literally put through hell," Ravassipour said.
A hearing to terminate Schott's parental rights is scheduled for August.
Waliser said Schott has since undergone treatment through OnTrack for his methamphetamine addiction, and is now gainfully employed. Court records show Schott has nine felony convictions for drug possession since 2000, and a 2003 conviction for delivering methamphetamine.
Schott pleaded guilty to a single felony count of first-degree criminal mischief, and was sentenced to three years' supervised probation and 30 days' jail, for which he's already served 27 days. He will serve the remainder beginning June 6. Ravassipour warned Schott that he'll serve 18 months in prison if he violates any terms of his probation.
Ravassipour also addressed what she described as a "flat affect" in Schott's demeanor during sentencing.
"I see no remorse on your face," Ravassipour said. "No child deserves this."
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