KENNEWICK -- A Kennewick woman is accused of burning her son's hand on an electric griddle because he got into trouble at school.
Maria G. Garcia-Chavez, 41, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Benton County Superior Court to second-degree assault of a child.
Her trial is set for June 20.
Prosecutors allege Garcia-Chavez became angry with her 12-year-old son April 20 about issues at school.
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Garcia-Chavez -- who also has the last name of Guadalupe Garcia -- turned on an electric griddle to 400 degrees, and then the boy's hand on it after it was hot, court documents state.
She held it in place on the griddle while telling her son, "That's what you get," documents said.
The boy suffered second-degree burns, and his mother allegedly failed to treat the wounds or get immediate medical treatment for him.
The following morning, Garcia-Chavez asked to see the boy's hand. She told him that if he got into trouble again she would burn his mouth instead, court documents said.
The boy was later taken to the hospital by police.
The judge ordered Garcia-Chavez to stay away from six people, including the victim and four other minors, while the case is pending.
Traffic stop results in marijuana charges
KENNEWICK -- An 18-year-old man faces trial July 11 after he reportedly was caught with evidence of drug dealing during a traffic stop.
Patrick Dane Macvane of Kennewick pleaded innocent to possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana.
According to court documents, Washington State Patrol Trooper Dave Brandt stopped a vehicle for an infraction April 19 and found Macvane the only occupant.
As Brandt approached the vehicle he "could smell what he knew from training and experience was fresh marijuana," documents said.
Macvane allegedly admitted there was marijuana in the trunk and opened it for the trooper.
Brandt saw a quantity of marijuana, then arrested Macvane.
A later search of the vehicle turned up hundreds of dollars in cash, a digital scale and paperwork showing the car belonged to Macvane, court documents said.
The trooper also noted a cell phone was ringing constantly during the search, documents said.
In a later interview with police, Macvane allegedly said he had just stocked up and the pot cost him in excess of $600.
Asked to identify his supplier, he countered, "I have morals," documents said.
Pasco man held in jail for stealing electronics
KENNEWICK -- A Pasco man is in jail on $2,500 bail for allegedly stealing more than $2,100 in electronics from Costco.
Saul Castaneda, 19, bought a garbage can April 19 at the Kennewick warehouse store, court documents said.
Security officers then watched as he loaded the can with Xbox game systems and digital cameras and left the store without paying for any of the goods, documents said.
The value of the merchandise was $2,123.
Castaneda pleaded innocent to second-degree theft. He is scheduled for trial June 20.
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