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Wyandotte Father Gets Jail Time for Scalding Children

Brandon Edward Soules, 29, was sentenced Wednesday to one year in jail on child abuse charges.

A Wyandotte father was sentenced to one year in jail and three years probation for his role in forcing his two young children to stand in steaming hot water for so long that the youngsters' feet were severely burned.

Brandon Edward Soules, 29, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of second-degree child abuse and was sentenced Wednesday. 

Soules' attorney, Romi Mezy, said his client is very remorseful over what occurred.

"He has a severe substance abuse problem," Mezy said. "From his point of view, it was not an intentional act. He was under the influence at the time and didn't realize what was happening. ... He has admitted responsibility to the charges and has now received his sentence."

While serving his time at the Wayne County Jail, Mezy said, Soules is eligible for a county treatment program offered to some inmates.

If he successfully completes it, he could be released early and sent to an in-patient treatment program and ordered to undergo parenting classes, Mezy said.

"The judge made it very clear to him that if he violates the order, he could be sentenced to 23 months to 10 years in prison," Mezy said. "This is really his last opportunity to prove to the court that he is serious."

While Soules has a prior record — breaking and entering into a vehicle, being a minor in possession of alcohol, impaired driving, driving on an expired license and two separate cases of retail fraud — this case is the most severe, Mezy said.

"Everything goes back to his addiction and I don't think that he has ever had the benefit of any drug treatment," Mezy said. "This is probably the severest sentence that was ever imposed on him and I'm hoping it will get him to turn his life around."

Soules' girlfriend and the mother of the two children, 25-year-old Erica Anne Bohn, also is charged in the case. She also faces two counts of second-degree child abuse and has a bench trial set for March 1 in Wayne County Circuit Court. The charges are punishable by up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Bohn remains locked up in the Wayne County Jail on a $20,000/10 percent bond.

While the case is pending and while Soules is locked up, both parents have been ordered to stay away from their children, a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy, who remain in their grandparents' custody.

Mezy said Soules wants to regain custody once he gets his life turned around.

"He is very concerned and he wants to see his children again," Mezy said.

 

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Lola Laslo February 02, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Sick! I'll agree with the one year sentence if he will get neutered by scalding.
Cynthia Loucks February 02, 2013 at 09:01 AM
That's it one year?? He probably won't even serve a whole year. He will get it reduced for good behavior. Under the influence didn't know what was happening is a piss poor excuse!!! when will the courts stop protecting the criminals!!????
AC February 02, 2013 at 01:26 PM
The article alludes to Wayne County Jail as the facility where this scumbag will be serving his sentence. If that's true, he will not be serving his entire sentence.
DH February 02, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Such a great justice system we have, lets just blame it on a substance abuse problem and maybe we will get a lower sentece so he can just get back kut and do it all over again. I've seen it too many times before with people that have drug problems, they dont just change, its not that easy, some do, most don't.
William Riley February 03, 2013 at 06:20 AM
One year may be enough, given what will probably happen to him when the other inmates find out he is a child abuser. To them, they rate that on about the same level as a molester.
David Justice February 05, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Get caught with with a pound of marijuana get a year in jail, burn your kids feet off you get a year, what is wrong with this picture, anything to do with child abuse there is NO excuse good enough (addition) to justify or lessen the sentence. I would LOVE to have 10 minutes with this loser so he can feel the same pain the kids felt.

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