Maine woman charged with burning son’s hand

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THORNDIKE, Maine (AP) - A Maine woman is facing charges for allegedly burning her 6-year-old son’s hand on a wood stove on purpose to teach him a lesson.

Police say 30-year-old Michelle Dunworth, of Thorndike, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and domestic assault.

Police say two of Dunworth’s children were playing last week when the boy accidentally pushed his 7-year-old sister against the stove, burning her. Dunworth then allegedly held the boy’s hand against the stove to show him what it felt like.

Police say the second- to third-degree burn covered the back of the boy’s hand and wrist. It was discovered by school officials.

Dunworth is free on bail and scheduled to appear in court next month. She told police both children were burned by accident.

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