Wednesday, August 3, 2011

James Moss, Who Threw Naked 9-Year-Old Son in Oven as Punishment, Faces Sentencing

Prosecutors say they will ask for the maximum sentence allowed by law for a New York City man who admitted throwing his son naked in the oven as punishment.

James Moss of Staten Island is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

The Staten Island district attorney's office says Moss punished his 9-year-old son Christopher last year because he thought he stole $20 from his wallet.

Prosecutors say he beat him with a spatula, put his hands over two hot oven burners and then shoved him into an oven for several minutes.

"I'm going to burn you alive," Moss reportedly yelled, according to court papers.

He did not turn on the oven. The boy's hands were burned when his father held them over the burners.

Moss has pleaded guilty to all seven counts of the indictment against him, including two counts of second-degree assault.

Moss' lawyer tells the Staten Island Advance the boy and his mother are expected to speak on his client's behalf. (more)