DeLand man wanted for allegedly beating 3-year-old girl and putting her in an oven
DELAND, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says that they are looking for a DeLand man, wanted for injuring a 3-year-old girl and allegedly putting her inside a heated oven.
The Sheriff's Office says that the child suffered several injuries, including burn marks on her ear and ankles, and belt marks on her body. A deputy said that he met with the victim and an investigator with the state Department of Children and Families on Thursday.
Now, there's an arrest warrant issued for 45-year-old Terry May, the ex-boyfriend of the little girl's mother.
"When you look at the pictures and read the affidavit and see what this human piece of garbage did to a 3-year-old little girl -- he burned her, he beat her beat her with a belt, then he placed her in an oven," says Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
Sheriff Chitwood says May was watching his ex girlfriend's toddler. When the mom saw the little girl's injuries, she called deputies.
"She had been burned on her right ear, burns and lacerations on her feet, a three-inch scar down her back. It was quite obvious this little girl had been physically abused," Sheriff Chitwood says.
Deputies say May took off and remains on the run. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Call 386-248-1777 to reach the Volusia County Sheriff's Office Communications Center or submit an anonymous tip via Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS or HERE.