Man convicted of burning child gets 35 years in prison

Matthew White, 27, sentenced Wednesday in Bexar County


SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County man convicted of badly burning a child has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Matthew White, 27, had entered a no-contest plea earlier this month to a charge of injury to a child, intentionally or knowingly causing seriously bodily injury.

The sentence was handed down Wednesday in 399th District Court by Judge Ray Olivarri.

"Our office is dedicated to seeking justice for abused children in our community," Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said. "I hope the message is clear that if you harm a child -- you will pay the consequences."

According to LaHood, White and his girlfriend, Emily Sanford, were arrested in December 2013 after Sanford's 3-year-old son was severely burned.

Police said White was left alone with the child while Sanford (pictured below) would go to work. They said White told investigators the boy burned himself in the shower when he was briefly left unattended.

The shower water was later tested, however, and it was determined it could not have caused the injuries, according to investigators.

The charges said White told Sanford not to take her son to the hospital because he would get into trouble and instead put cream on the boy's burns. Days later, the burns were so severely infected the boy almost died, LaHood said.

In February, Sanford was sentenced to 24 years in prison for not reporting the abuse.

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