5-year-old burned after father pushes face into hot food

Jose Ponce-Vega court appearance

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.

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