Athens man pleads guilty to scalding girlfriend’s children in bathtub

Athens man pleads guilty to scalding girlfriend’s children in bathtub

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - An Athens man will serve 40 years in prison for intentionally scalding his girlfriend’s children in a bathtub back in 2015.

Derrick Defoe was charged with two counts of attempted murder, first-degree domestic violence and aggravated child abuse. He faced two counts on each charge, or one count for each of the two children.

The charges of attempted murder and domestic violence were dismissed in agreement to Defoe pleading guilty to aggravated child abuse on Monday.

Last November, his girlfriend, Amanda Reyer, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to child abuse in July.

Witnesses testified that Defoe was abusive toward Reyer and her children long before the bathtub incident happened.

Click here for our previous story with more details of the case. It includes court testimonials, the judge’s severe words as he sentenced Reyer, and the children’s intense treatment for their second-degree and third-degree burns.

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