A Miami jail guard who threw a cup of scalding water on an inmate, leaving him with second-degree burns pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery today.
Charlise Daniels-Wadley, who agreed to resign from her position, received one year of probation and will be required to do 50 hours of community service.
The incident took place in 2012 after Daniels-Wadley got into an argument with inmate Joshua Wiggins, who was released from prison last month after serving two years for cocaine trafficking.
The Miami Herald reports that she accepted the plea deal with Wiggins’ “blessing,” who will probably agree to anything as long as he is not scalded anymore.
Miami-Dade prosecutors say that in August 2012 Daniels-Wadley got into “an exchange of insults” with inmate Joshua Wiggins, who was awaiting trial for cocaine trafficking. At one point, she threatened to spray him with mace. Several minutes later, according to corrections investigators, Daniels-Wadley returned, opened the food flap of Wiggins’ cell and threw in hot liquid from a cup.
The burns on his chest caused intense pain for hours. According to investigators, Wiggins “repeatedly begged for access to medical care and a telephone.”
It was not until 6:30 p.m. that night that Wiggins, 21, called his sister to report what had happened. “He spent the rest of the night crying for medical help,” investigators said.
He was taken to a clinic the next morning – pointing out to officers that Daniels-Wadley, 28, was the person who attacked him. A doctor diagnosed him as having suffered second-degree burns; another doctor consulted by prosecutors estimated the water could have been as hot as 140 degrees.
On a side note, back in 2007 when I was convicted of resisting arrest stemming from an arrest for taking photos of cops – even though I was acquitted of all the other charges – I was sentenced to a year probation and 100 hours of community service along with eight hours of anger management.
Same courthouse, same jailhouse and same prosecutor’s office but a different judge who had a much stricter approach to sentencing.