ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A family dinner ends with a child suffering from second-degree burns and the father going to jail.
Jose Ponce-Vega faced a judge on child abuse charges Saturday.
A criminal complaint states he pushed the face of his 5-year-old into a plate of scalding hot food.
The complaint states the child had been playing with the food.
After Ponce-Vega offered to heat it up police say the abuse happened.
The complaint states Ponce-Vega first claimed it was an accident but he later confessed.