A 37-year-old Salt Lake City man has been sent to prison for scalding his 1-year-old son in hot bath water three years ago at the Taylorsville home of the boy's mother.
Eric Ison Jones was charged in 3rd District Court with second-degree felony child abuse for the Nov. 1, 2006, crime. He pleaded guilty to a lesser count of third-degree felony child abuse, and was sentenced to zero to five years in prison.
The case was delayed because Jones disappeared in November 2007. He was arrested in Hawaii in August 2008 and returned to Utah a month later.
Jones --- who had only recently learned he was the boy's father -- burned his son, Malachi Marsalis, while watching him for the boy's mother.
The mother, Genoria Marsalis, has told The Salt Lake Tribune that after she returned and Jones left, she removed the boy's pants and diaper and his skin started peeling off.
The boy was in critical condition for several months with third-degree burns. He was later released from the hospital, but he still faces more surgeries.