A South San Francisco foster mother who allegedly burned a child
in her care with bleach was given a suspended sentence of 20 days in jail and
three years of supervised probation today, according to prosecutors.
Patricia Ann Moore, 68, was sentenced today in San Mateo County
Superior Court after pleading no contest to one count of misdemeanor child
endangerment, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti.
Moore was originally indicted in 2012 on two felony counts of
willful cruelty to a child and infliction of injury on a child, but pleaded
no contest to the lesser charge in return for a promise of no jail,
Moore came under suspicion on Aug. 19, 2010, after her daughter
brought a 20-month-old girl who was in her care to Kaiser Hospital in San
Francisco with first- and second-degree burns on her buttocks, according to
Moore told investigators she had bathed the girl in water with a
capful of bleach, but doctors said the burns showed the marks of a diaper
fabric and were only on the areas covered by the girl's diaper, prosecutors
Investigators then found a diaper in the trash at Moore's home
that was soaked in bleach on the rear end of the diaper, prosecutors said.
Moore can never serve as a foster parent again, and was ordered to
undergo counseling or treatment for child abuse, Guidotti said.