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Man pleads guilty to scalding child to death

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John Vigil

John Vigil

Vigil, John

DENVER — A man charged in the 2008 scalding death of a 2-year-old boy has pleaded guilty in connection with the case after being restored to competency, the Denver District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

John Vigil, 28, pleaded guilty on Friday to child abuse resulting in death.  He faces up to 36 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 9.

The case dates back to November 2008, when Vigil and the mother of 2-year-old Elijah Archuleta brought the child to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood with severe burns. The boy died shortly after arrival.

An investigation determined that Vigil had scalded the child in a bathtub, causing severe burns over 75 percent of his body. Investigators determined that instead of seeking medical help, Vigil and the child’s mother drove around running errands for several hours while the child was dying of his injuries.

The boy’s mother, 28-year-old Isela Reyes-Talamantes is serving a 20-year prison term in connection with the death, because she also failed to make any effort to seek medical care that could have saved his life and she later lied to police.