Staten Island Dad Who Admitted To Putting Son In Oven Gets Jail Time

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Staten Island father was sentenced to jail time Friday after earlier pleading guilty to torturing his now 11-year-old son inside their Graniteville home last May.

It was an emotional scene inside the courtroom Friday morning as both the wife and son of 53-year-old James Moss spoke in his defense, telling a judge they didn’t want him going to prison.

“I just want to be with my family,” Moss said. “That’s it.”

The victim, Christopher Moss, said his father made a mistake and called him “caring” and a “great father,” 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.  Moss’ son also added “he’s the only dad I need.”

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria With More On The Sentencing

Moss was sentenced to four months of weekends in jail and given 5 years of probation.  He could have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison. He will not be allowed to live with his son for one year.

Moss admitted he hurt his son because he thought he stole $20 from his wallet.

Police said Moss ripped off his son’s clothes, beat him with a spatula on his back and then held his hands up to a stove until the skin on the boy’s hands began to peel.

Then, authorities said, after punching his son in the face, Moss stuffed his naked child into an oven and told him he was going to burn him alive.

Moss’ wife, Erin, pleaded with the judge to spare her husband jail time and said he just snapped that day.

“He is still their father and we have come along way and it is emotional,” she said. “If he’s incarcerated, he will never be receive psychotherapy that’s he currently receiving now.”

“He has expressed complete remorse and guilt of hurting Christopher and placing a huge burden on me to maintain our home,” Erin Moss said.

CBS 2’s Kristen Thorne reported that the boy burst into tears when he saw his father handcuffed.

“As you can see, my son is a better man than me,” Moss said.

What do you think about the sentence?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

  • 2gruesome2b

    perhaps i missed it, but it appears the name of the judge involved in this charade was omitted. has the media taken to protecting the activist incompetents who are destroying our legal system? it would be interesting to find out how many other “peculiar” decisions this jurist has passed down.

  • Mary sclafani

    I don’t even know what to say…….it is unbelieveable to allow an animal like this to return home, and the mother is even worse……Lady protect your child, you have to be the stupidest women I have ever heard of. How do you live with yourself, you gave birth to this child, some one like you should not even have children. God help them, because their mother won’t. You goddam people are truly disgusting.

  • moonviper

    Don’t ever let him out. It will happen again, next tmes he gets mad.

    • emmas

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  • TomNJ

    I know of people who have lost custody and parental rights of their children for being an alcoholic even though they have never struck the kids in any way. Yet this animal can live with his son after 1 year? I will never understand how these decisions are made in the courts. Insane system we have.

  • Bernie Sanders

    he must be giving her great sex … shes a moron next tiem the kid will be dead and she will be holing her head why why ..

  • Melissa Pedersen

    Any decent Mother should value the well-being of her child over her mate. Period. This poor child will most likely end up being abused further, or dead.

  • steffi

    Weekends in jail for trying to cook his son. What kind of system do we have. You steal money and go away for life. I hope the weekends he spends in jail, he gets a nice boyfriend named Bubba who would do to him what he did to his son. The child should be taken away from the family. The mother is nuts to want her husband back.

  • thomas

    Having had a violently abusive father myself, I can guarantee you that the abuse won’t stop just because the father “showed remorse.”

    I he ends up killing the kid, the judge should be charged as an accessory for letting it happen!

  • Scott

    His real sentence will come when the boy matures enough to know that what his father did to him was cruel and unforgivable. The lasting scares to that child will some day result in him never speaking to or seeing his father again. At least that is how it worked with me. A 300 lb man vs. a child. What a discrace. What nobody.

  • Norma

    1. The father should go to jail for a very very long time.
    2. The mother should go to jail for permitting that sick man to lay a hand on her son.
    3. The child needs a good slap in the face for wanting his father back.

  • S.L.

    Sounds like the mother and son are victims of mental abuse. This man should have been convicted of attempted murder and given a much harsher sentence.

    • Patty

      I totally agree with you!!! They are victims. This man needs to be taken away and locked up for a long time. The next time, that child may not be so lucky. This is the time to take that monster and put him in jail where he belongs.

    • Ditte

      Shame on the judge!

  • jimbo

    lock him up for life for what he did to his son

  • Ben M

    This child shouldn’t continue his upbringing in this family. The mother sounds like she’s equally the monster that the father is by pleading he be spared jail. Where is our justice system going when it won’t adequately protect the vulnerable in our society?

  • Anne Hill

    the man should have gone to jail for longer than this

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