Caretaker admits to burning autistic boy with hot water - CBS46 News

Caretaker admits to burning autistic boy with hot water

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Brandon Toriel McNeil Brandon Toriel McNeil
ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A 22-year-old Conyers man was arrested Monday and charged with cruelty to children after he admitted to pouring hot water on a 15-year-old autistic boy he was caring for.

Staff members at Gen. Ray Davis Middle School noticed Jared Jones, who is non-verbal, had a large burn on his back and contacted his case worker with the Department of Family and Children Services.

The case worker then contacted the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office to report she saw burn marks on Jared's upper back and lower neck, with some portion of skin removed.

Deputies and the case worker talked to Brandon Toriel McNeil, Jared's primary caregiver who admitted to pouring hot water on the teen after Jared woke him up from his sleep, pinching and trying to fight him.

McNeil told the deputy he went into the kitchen to get away from Jared, but he followed him.

It was then McNeil said he got a pot and filled it with hot water from the kitchen sink and poured it on Jared's back.

"McNeil stated that Jared tries to fight him often and he is tired of it," the report stated.

Jared was released to his sister and taken to the hospital for treatment.

McNeil was transported to the Rockdale County Jail and was charged with battery and first-degree cruelty to children. He bond was set at $15,000.

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