- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois jury has rejected a man’s claims that burns on a girl were a skin condition, siding with prosecution claims that the injuries were from a lighted cigarette.

The (Alton) Telegraph (https://bit.ly/1m8SXzL ) reports that a Madison County jury on Wednesday deliberated less than a half hour before finding 32-year-old Eric Hurley guilty of aggravated battery of a child. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

Hurley was arrested and charged in October 2010, about two weeks after the then-3-year-old child told her father that Hurley had burned her with a cigarette because she would not stop crying.

Hurley testified that the circular wounds were sudden outbursts of an allergic skin rash. But the child’s pediatrician testified the injuries were intentionally inflicted, consistent with cigarette burns, not eczema.

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Information from: The Telegraph, https://www.thetelegraph.com

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