When school officials asked the boy what had happened, he told them the same story his father had told…but he continued to tell friends the other story. At the school’s request, Mr. Barquero took his son to the hospital to have the hand checked out — but somehow, through all the people who looked at the injury, no photos are reported being taken of it except by the school nurse a day after the incident was reported to Wilkesboro Police.
A week ago yesterday, as police were following up on the case with Mr. Barquero, they learned social workers were talking to the boy at the school. When they met up with the social worker and talked with the boy, he originally stuck to the hot pan story, and demonstrated how he’d picked up the pan with both hands and burned himself. But when pressed whether he really believed the injury he had could have come from picking up a pan like that, the boy broke down and recanted that story, saying his father had held his hand on the burner until he’d suffered the burn.
A doctor in Winston-Salem looked at the photo taken three days after the incident happened, and determined that the core of the burner could be seen in the burn pattern, matching the boy’s descriptions to friends and police about what had happened. The doctor said there was no way a 10-year old would hold their hand on the burner long enough to receive that sort of burn, unless his hand was being held there by a person stronger than him. Police arrested Mr. Barquero yesterday on a charge of Felony Child Abuse with Serious Injury, and jailed him on a 10-thousand dollar bond. Police have closed their investigation with the arrest.