A former Eastern York High School volleyball coach pleaded no contest Monday to severely burning the hand of her then-boyfriend's 2-year-old son.
Amanda Marguerite Coeyman, 24, of 312 Pennsylvania Ave. said she realized there was enough evidence for her to be found guilty in a jury trial, though she maintained she hadn't intentionally endangered the boy.
Defendants who plead no contest are not admitting guilt; rather, they are saying they won't contest the charges against them.
The most serious charge against her, felony aggravated assault, was withdrawn in exchange for the plea on misdemeanor simple assault and endangering the welfare of children.
Common Pleas Judge Craig Trebilcock isn't bound to a sentence, and the two misdemeanors could carry a maximum sentence of five years in jail, he said.
Sentencing is scheduled before him at 9 a.m. Aug. 1.
The incident: The incident occurred May 18, 2011, at the Manor Street home of the boy's father.
According to earlier testimony, an officer who arrived on the scene within a few minutes of Coeyman's 911 call said skin was hanging off the toddler's fingers and the boy was whimpering. No other part of his body had noticeable injuries.
The officer said Coeyman told him she had turned on the hot water in the shower to fill a bucket so she could clean, then left the bathroom. She said the boy put his hand in the water pooling in the stall, which caused the burns.
At the plea hearing Monday, Coeyman maintained she didn't know the water was hot enough to burn the boy and she didn't intentionally endanger him.
But officers in earlier testimony said the state of the bathroom didn't add up with Coeyman's story.
The shower stall was dry, the shower head wasn't warm and there was no condensation on the windows. Also, the lip of the shower base wasn't high enough, and the shower drained too quickly to cause a deep enough pool, police testified.
York City Detective First Class Dana Ward, who specializes in child abuse cases, said medical reports also revealed a story different from Coeyman's version.
A doctor at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, where the boy was treated, said the burns appeared to be "non-accidental" due to a "submersion" burn.
Coeyman remains free on $20,000 unsecured bail and must live with her mother so her mother can supervise Coeyman's daughter.
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