Soldier Gets Probation In Scalding Case

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Fort Riley soldier will spend the next two years on probation after an incident that left his stepson with first and second degree burns.

Specialist Ryan Perry, 21, accepted a plea agreement with the state and was sentenced in Geary County District Court Thursday, January 17, 2013. He entered pleas of no contest to charges of endangering a child, reckless battery and violation of a no contact order involving his wife.

In October, prosecutors say Perry was bathing his stepchildren at their home in Junction City. His stepson, who was 10-months-old at the time, ended up getting burned in the bathtub because the water was too hot, leaving the baby with multiple injuries to his groin area.

The child was taken to Geary Community Hospital and then transferred to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

The victim has since healed from his burn wounds and officials say the two children are in the custody of their individual fathers.

Assistant Geary County Attorney Michelle Brown said the incident did not appear intentional but Perry's actions were reckless. As a result of his conviction, Brown says Perry must attend counseling and parenting classes and is not allowed to live with his stepchildren. He can only have supervised contact with them. She believes he will be chaptered out of the Army and will return to his home state of Texas. Brown thought the plea deal "ensures the safety" of the victim and his sibling.

At the time of his arrest, Perry was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley as an infantryman.


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