Bath woman convicted for burning son with lit cigarette
BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – Thursday, a Bath woman was convicted on a felony assault charge for burning her 5-year-old child with a lit cigarette.
According to the Steuben County District Attorney's Office, 25-year-old Amber Lapish-Rosado was convicted after a three day bench trial of assault in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child. The convictions stem from incidents that happened between November 22 and 24, 2018.
According to court documents, Lapish-Rosado held down her child and burned his forehead twice with a lit cigarette. She reportedly admitted daily drug use and claimed the burns on her son's head were pimples.
Lapish-Rosado faces up to seven years in state prison for the second-degree assault charge, which is classified as a violent felony. Endangering the welfare of a child is a misdemeanor and carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail, which will run concurrently with the assault sentence.
Lapish-Rosado is expected to be sentenced on December 22.
According to DA Brooks Baker, a majority of the case rested on the victim testimony from the son.
“He demonstrated real bravery, honest and credibility on the stand, all while facing his mother in the courtroom; for him most of all, I am happy we have justice,” said Baker.
Baker also praised law enforcement and Child Protective Services for their work.
“State Police Investigator John Stelmack worked cooperatively with CPS workers Carmine Ames and Vincent Crawford to find out what really happened here and gather the evidence needed to protect our youth victim and bring this women to justice,” said Baker. “Together, with some significant help from local medical providers and school officials, they made sure the right thing happened.”