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People v Dante Roberson

On December 9, 2015 a jury found Defendant Dante Roberson guilty of felony child abuse, and found true the enhancement that he personally inflicted great bodily injury on a child under the age of five.

The 2-1/2 year old child was in the care of his biological father, Defendant Dante Roberson, when he received glove-type burns to both hands, consistent with forcible submersion into a hot liquid. The injuries to the child affected both his hands, with crisp lines of demarcation and no splash marks.

Defendant Dante Roberson did not return the child to his mother for approximately two hours after the injuries occurred, even though the child was in extreme distress. Upon seeing the injuries, the child's mother took him to San Leandro Hospital for treatment. However, the burns were so severe that the child was transferred to the burn center at St. Francis Hospital, San Francisco.

The child underwent multiple plastic reconstructive surgeries to repair his hands. A child abuse expert gave her opinion that the injuries were not consistent with an accident and were the result of forcible submersion.

Defendant Dante Roberson was sentenced to 9 years in state prison on June 22, 2016. The case was prosecuted by DDA Peter McGuiness with assistance from DA Inspector Tom Milner and Victim-Witness Advocate Nadia Bueno.

(Docket #H55115)

Posted on Dec 22, 2015