LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) – A Limestone County mother has learned her fate in prison after admitting that she placed both of her small children in a scalding bath as a form of punishment.
A sentencing hearing for Amanda Reyer, 25, lasted all day Tuesday in the Limestone County Courthouse. The judge made his decision shortly before 3 p.m.
Reyer was sentenced to 40 years. She receives credit for time served. She’s been in the Limestone County jail for three years since the 2015 incident.
Circuit Judge Robert Baker teared up as he delivered her punishment, saying, ““I’m a hard fellow to shock. But you did it.”
Baker said he wanted to send a message about the serious consequences that come with hurting children.
He told Reyer: “This is not a situation where you didn’t what a medication would do… Hot water is hot. It hurts. It burns.”
Before the decision was announced, Reyer had asked the judge for a lenient prison sentence, which was not granted.
Limestone County District Attorney Brian C.T. Jones said this about the sentencing: “We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of this case. I want to thank all of the medical professionals that took care of these children. I want to thank family members, the current caregivers, law enforcement. The entire system came together to get this case ready for prosecution.”
“This is the kind of case that haunts people at night. A lot of the people involved and the children involved can know when they go to bed, that this woman is going to prison for the next 40 years,” he added.
The kids were placed into a tub with running water in June of 2015. The water burned both of them, causing second and third degree burns all over her daughter and severe burns from the waist down on her son.
She cried as experts outlined the injuries the victims sustained at the hands of Reyer and her boyfriend.
SOURCE: Lindsey Connell , WAFF