A 1-year old Martin County boy is recovering at University Medical Center in Lubbock after being immersed in hot water.
The baby boy was transported to UMC in serious condition with at least 2nd-degree burns covering his body. The Martin County Sheriff's Office arrested the mother's boyfriend Dominic Pena.
Police say Pena immersed the boy in scalding hot water as a form of punishment while the child's mother was at work.
"There's all different types of crimes that are committed," said Sheriff John Woodward, "but the nature of this one is just different...it's just horrible."
Pena is charged with injury to a child, a 1st-degree felony offense. He is being held in the Martin County jail while an investigation is underway.