Jury Convicts Father in Oven Abuse Case

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A Daly City man accused of dropping his 17-month-old son onto a  hot oven rack was found guilty of child abuse charges in San Mateo  County Superior Court.
    A jury of nine men and three women convicted Gregory Colver,  20, of one felony count of child endangerment and one felony count of cruelty  to a child, with the special enhancement of causing great bodily injury, San  Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
    Colver was accused of holding his son inside a hot oven and  dangling him over the oven rack in the family's Daly City kitchen on Dec. 28,  2010, in an attempt to teach him about the dangers of hot surfaces.
    Prosecutors alleged that Colver had lost his temper after the boy  was banging on the oven door while it was heating up to 450 degrees to cook a  frozen pizza.
    While Colver was holding his son inside the oven, the boy began to  struggle and Colver dropped him onto the hot rack, causing second- and  third-degree burns to the boy's lower legs, according to prosecutors.
    Colver's girlfriend -- the boy's mother, who was not in the  apartment when the incident occurred -- told emergency room doctors that her  son had crawled into the oven on his own.
    That story that was corroborated by Colver, who told police he was  asleep on the couch when his son climbed on top of the oven, turned it on,  and fell onto the heated racks.
    Investigators from Daly City police and Child Protective Services  became suspicious when details of the couple's story didn't match up and  doctors said the horizontal and vertical burns weren't consistent with the  accident Colver had described.
    Colver was arrested on Dec. 30, and confessed to police that he  had been trying to teach his son a lesson by holding him inside the oven. He  later retracted the confession.
    The trial lasted three weeks, and the jury deliberated for two  days before handing down guilty verdicts on both counts today.
    Colver faces up to 12 years in state prison. He is scheduled to be  sentenced on Aug. 16.

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