Father who put baby in microwave wants parental rights

March 28, 2008 4:23:39 AM PDT
The father sentenced to 25 years in prison for severely burning his 2-month-old daughter in a microwave is declining to give up his parental rights. The attorney for Joshua Mauldin says his client "loves his baby" and "wants to be part of Ana's life."

Ana suffered second- and third-degree burns to her left ear, cheek, hand and shoulder and has required several skin grafts. Part of her left ear had to be amputated.

Mauldin, convicted of injury to a child, was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison and fined $10,000.

The mother, Eva Mauldin, had voluntarily relinquished her parental rights.

A custody hearing is scheduled for April 22. Child Protective Services is looking favorably on a planned adoption by Ana's foster parents, Heather and Jeremy Croxton of College Station.

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