GALVESTON, Texas (AP) _ A family court judge has ended the parental rights of a man sentenced to 25 years in prison for severely burning his 2-month-old daughter in a microwave.
Galveston County Judge Janis Yarbrough on Wednesday terminated the parental rights of Joshua Mauldin, 20, of Warren, Ark., for his now year-old daughter.
The parental rights of the mother, Eva Mauldin, also were to be severed. But her attorney requested more time to correct a paperwork error on a document she signed relinquishing her rights, Gwen Carter, spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, told the Houston Chronicle for its Thursday editions.
Mauldin was convicted last month of injury to a child for placing the child in a microwave oven in a Galveston motel for about 10 seconds in May 2007.
The child suffered second- and third-degree burns on her left hand, left face and shoulder. She underwent several surgeries and lost most of her left ear.
The child now lives in College Station with foster parents who will begin the adoption process as soon as Eva Mauldin's rights are ended, Carter said.
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