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Man convicted of burning child’s foot draws 9-year prison term

A man convicted of inflicting second-degree burns on a 2-year-old girl has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Joseph Zeno, 31, was found guilty in October of child abuse. The jury also found that he personally inflicted great bodily injuries on a child younger than 5, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. Zeno was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin McCormick.

On the morning of Oct. 17, 2014, Zeno was alone with the 2-year-old victim, whose mother later noticed a large blister on the bottom of the child’s foot. The girl was treated at Shriners Hospital for second-degree burns covering the bottom of her foot.

Prosecutors said it was determined that the only item that could have caused the burn was a hot frying pan.

Zeno denied injuring the child, but he admitted he had a form of discipline called “hot feet” that involved smacking the bottom of a child’s foot with his hand or a hanger.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy