Couple indicted for second time in scalding case

Friday, February 29, 2008

A Lewisburg couple has been indicted again by a Marshall County grand jury, charged with aggravated child abuse.

Scalding of a 3-year-old boy was the allegation in December against Hilario Martinez-Perez, also known as Salvador Mendec, 24, of 2170 Franklin Pike, and Linda May Rowell, 26, of the same address.

"There were more injuries to the child than scalding alone," District Attorney Chuck Crawford said after the grand jury reported on Feb. 20.

"Some of the other injuries included broken bones," Crawford said. "These new indictments more accurately reflect the developing facts of the case."

Sheriff's Detective Bart Fagan alleged in warrants last year that the boy was placed in hot water in a bathtub and that he was whipped with a belt, causing marks and a black eye.

According to public records, the boy was allegedly scalded by dipping his buttocks in a tub of hot water.

It is not illegal to name such victims, but the Tribune has decided against doing so in this story. The boy is not named Rowell, Martinez-Perez or Mendec.

See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.