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Boyfriend accused of forcing woman's 7-year-old son into hot shower, burning 26% of his body

John Terrell is accused of making the boy get under the hot water because he got a bad grade at school.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Editor's note: The video above is a story about when KHOU 11 Investigates went behind the scenes to see how CPS caseworkers investigate child abuse.

The mother of 7-year-old boy along with her boyfriend have each been charged with injury to a child.

Authorities said John Terrell, 27, forced the boy to get into a hot shower, causing burns to more than 25% of his body. Authorities said Terrell made the child get into the hot shower as punishment for getting a bad grade at school.

After making the boy get into the hot shower, according to court documents, Terrell took him to a bedroom where he spanked and choked him.

Roekeicha Brisby is accused of not taking her son to get treatment until three days after the incident.

Detectives said Brisby fabricated a story in order to make it seem like the boy was burned during a cooking accident.

Terrell and Brisby are both due to appear in court on Monday.

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