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Woman found guilty for child abuse in scalding case of 5-year-old

TUCSON – Samantha Osteraas who is accused of causing third-degree burns to her then 5-year-old adopted daughter was found guilty for child abuse Friday.

Samantha Osteraas arrested this month for child abuse was assaulted in prison.

Back in December 2016, the young victim’s adoptive mother was taken into custody for allegedly severely burning her in a hot bath. According to officials, the victim spent several months in the hospital, undergoing surgery and treatment.

The victim reportedly had all 10 of her toes amputated in connection to the incident. Officials said about 75 percent of her body was burned as a result of the incident.

Osteraas was charged with two counts of child abuse in the incident.

On Friday, the 28-year-old was found not guilty for the first count of child abuse. However, the jury did find her guilty for the lesser charge of reckless child abuse. For the second child abuse count, she was found guilty.

The sentencing date has been set for Dec. 3.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He’s a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine.

After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester.

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