Meet Karina Torrescano Hernandez, 27, from Lynnwood, Washington.
She has gotten in trouble for loving her iPad more than her children.
Hernandez was arrested on second-degree assault to a child after wounds were found on her son.
An attentive student at the six year-old’s school was first to observe the injuries and alerted teachers.
At first, the boy said he hurt himself on monkey bars in the playground, but later broke down in tears and claimed his mother had done it.
Doctors found four separate burn marks which ‘indicated multiple contacts, not one’ and scars on his head, neck, shoulder and buttocks.
Officials found red marks on his palms that looked like they ‘could have been caused by an electric stove element or something similar’, according to the statement of probable cause cited on www.komonews.com.
The boy told investigators his mother wanted to teach him a lesson ‘because I touched an iPad’ so she held his hands over a spiral stove, then cupped his palms together and poured salt over the burns.
He and his three-year-old brother told police their mother often hit them with a spoon, a shoe or a ‘witches broom’.
The boy’s babysitter also claims Hernandez deliberately hurt her son ‘because he had misbehaved’.
Hernandez, who was questioned with the help of an interpreter, said she believed her son had burnt his hand while trying to toast marshmallows.
She said it probably happened when she was having a nap during the day, something she often does because she works night shifts.
The boy’s hands have now healed and the two youngsters are staying with a relative.