KUSA - A man charged in the 2008 scalding death of a 2-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death.
John Vigil, 28, faces up to 28 years in prison. He is set to be sentenced on May 9.
In November 2008, Vigil and Isela Reyes-Talamantes - the mother of 2-year-old Elijah Archuleta - brought the child to St. Anthony hospital with severe burns, where he died shortly after arrival.
An ensuing investigation determined that Vigil had caused severe burns over 75 percent of the child's body by scalding him in the bathtub.
Instead of seeking medical care, according to a news release, Vigil and Reyes-Talamantes drove around running errands while the child suffered from the burns.
Reyes-Talamantes, 28, is serving a 20-year prison term in connection with the death for failing to seek medical care and lying to police.
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