For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS IN PRISON FOR SEVERELY BURNING AND DISFIGURING 11-MONTH-OLD FEMALE RELATIVE BY PLACING HER IN WATER OVER 120 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT
WESTMINSTER – A man was sentenced Friday to 25 years and eight months in state prison for placing a female relative in a bathtub filled with water that was over 120 degrees Fahrenheit and severely burning and disfiguring the victim. Alfred Alexander Hollimon, 24, Westminster, was found guilty by a jury March 21, 2014, of two felony counts of child abuse, one felony count of mayhem, and a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury to a child under 5, with a prior strike conviction in 2008 for attempted robbery in Nevada.
At approximately 5:40 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2013, Hollimon filled a bathtub with water by turning the faucet on a high heat setting. He woke up the 11-month-old female relative, Jane Doe, from her nap and removed her clothing. Hollimon then picked Jane Doe up and dipped the lower half of her body in the hot water that reached a temperature of over 120-degrees Fahrenheit. He then took the victim out of the bathtub and began peeling pieces of her blistered skin from the tip of her toes to the bottom of her knee caps and disposed of it in a kitchen trash can.
The defendant’s mother was in a nearby room and called 911. The Westminster Police Department (WPD) and Orange County Fire Authority arrived at the scene. The victim was transported to the University of California Irvine Health Regional Burn Center. The victim suffered third degree burns to her legs, calves, feet, and buttocks including blistering on both of her legs and vaginal area. Upon emergency treatment, x-rays revealed that she suffered fractures in her skull, spine, ribs, and an arm. She sustained life-long scarring and must undergo regular surgeries and skin graft operations until her body stops growing.
During the sentencing, the parents in the process of adopting Jane Doe, submitted a victim impact statement to the court. The letter described how the victim will never be able to feel comfortable wearing clothes like normal girls or able to go to the beach without feeling self-conscious, and explained the pain that the victim continues to endure because of the actions of the defendant.
WPD investigated this case. Deputy District Attorney Terry Cleaveland of the Family Protection Unit prosecuted this case.