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Toronto woman gets 11-year sentence in scalding death of toddler son

Copies of family photographs of deceased baby Miguel Fernandes, provided by his grandmother, Maria Fernandes. She is the father's mother. A North York woman who shopped for a CD while her baby lay dying of excruciating burns to 40% of his tiny body was found guilty Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 of manslaughter. The judge found that Melissa Alexander left 19-month-old Miguel Fernandes home alone, then lied to his father, Sergio Fernandes, assuring him that their child's injuries were not serious because she applied ointment and gauze on the toddler.

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A Toronto woman who was convicted of manslaughter in the scalding death of her 19-month-old son has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Melissa Alexander maintained her son Miguel Fernandes pulled a boiling pot of water on top of himself in September 2007.

But a pathologist testified the boy's third-degree burns were consistent with being dunked in scalding water. Ms. Alexander was convicted in February.

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She didn't get medical help for her son for 10 hours and treated the boy's wounds with Vaseline.

Court also heard that she left the boy with his 29-month-old stepbrother and went shopping for two hours, buying CDs and some groceries.

During sentencing, Justice Anne Molloy said Ms. Alexander committed a horrific crime and showed absolutely no remorse.

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