Man charged with neglect, accused of ‘branding’ three children
The Associated Press February 15, 2013 11:02AM
Updated: February 15, 2013 10:20PM
WINCHESTER — Prosecutors have charged a man with neglect for allegedly “branding” three children with a medallion heated on a space heater.
Jason Michael Mangas, 28, of Union City faces three felony counts of neglect of a dependent filed Wednesday. He’s being held at the Randolph County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
Court documents say Mangas’ four children and a family friend were left in his care the weekend of Jan. 19-20, which is when the three children were allegedly burned.
An 8-year-old girl who was branded told a sheriff’s deputy she’d told Mangas she wanted a tattoo. AP
The affidavit says Mangas heated a necklace on a space heater and placed it on the girl’s arm, burning an impression of the necklace’s medallion.