NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a New York City mother has pleaded guilty to assault after she forced her 3-year-old into a tub of scalding water as punishment for soiling himself.

Regina Cooper is expected to be sentenced to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors say the 31-year-old woman submerged the child, Barkim, as he screamed in pain and pleaded with her to stop.

By the time she took him out, his skin started to fall off. He had second- and third-degree burns over 21 percent of his body and will be permanently scarred.

Queens prosecutors say Cooper was angry that her son had soiled his pull-ups.

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