A city man intentionally burned a child with a lighted cigarette, a lighter and a stove, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Jason Denobrega, 33, pleaded innocent Thursday afternoon in Schenectady County Court to a new indictment in the case. He faces one count each of second-degree assault, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, prosecutor Tracey Brunecz said.
Denobrega was the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother at the time and is accused of burning the child in April 2012 at their home.
He burned the child, then age 6, in several locations on his back with a lighted cigarette, Brunecz said. He then allegedly used a lighter, holding the flame to the back of the child’s knee, then allegedly held the child’s thumb over a lit stove burner.
“From what we can tell, he thought it was appropriate discipline,” she said.
Authorities were alerted to the case through Child Protective Services, Brunecz said.
She said it was unclear whether the acts occurred on the same day, but they are all believed to have happened in April 2012. Authorities learned about the incidents shortly afterward, she said, but the case took some time to investigate.
The child has been staying with relatives of the child’s mother, Brunecz said.
Denobrega appeared before Schenectady County Court Karen Drago, who ordered him held without bail. Records show he also has a detention order in effect from state parole officers.
An attorney representing Denobrega could not be reached for comment later.
Denobrega was convicted in Sullivan County in 2005 of first-degree attempted assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and sentenced to seven years in prison, records show.