Mother gets 40-year sentence for putting children in scalding hot water as punishment

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A Limestone County mother who was convicted of putting her two children in scalding water as punishment will spend the next 40 years in prison.

26-year-old Amanda Reyer pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated child abuse. She told the judge she was trying to appease her boyfriend by dropping her 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter into water so hot that the girl’s skin peeled off. This punishment was issued because the kids got caught messing up a made bed.

Reyer’s boyfriend, Derrick Defoe, is still in the Limestone County Jail, awaiting trial. 

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