HOUSTON — A little boy was seriously burned in a terrifying home invasion in which three heartless crooks scalded him with hot water to force his father to reveal where money was hidden, cops said.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff said the chilling episode occurred late Monday when three masked, armed men forced their way into a family’s home and started beating the father upon the head with their guns.
When the dad was immediately forthcoming about where the family hid its valuables, cops say the men then grabbed his 7-year-old son and threw him in a tub where they scalded him with hot water until his father talked.
“This is the worst kind of crime against a family,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said. “Three crooks forcing their way into a home in the middle of the night is appalling. To make matters worse, they accosted a 7-year-old child. They’re cowards, to say the least.”
After about a half hour, the men fled with jewelry and electronics. Cops say the boy was treated and released as was the father who suffered bloody gashes to his head.
“To see what took place in that house and to be used as a device to try to extract information from the father is very, very disturbing,” Nehls said.