Weslaco mom accused of putting her son's hand on a hot stove

      2-year-old boy's burned hand // Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office Photo

      A Weslaco area mother is behind bars after she allegedly put her 2-year-old son's hand on a hot stove in an alleged act of child abuse.

      Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Claudia Ponce on an injury to a child charge on Thursday.

      The Weslaco mother faced a judge on Friday morning where she was issued a $500,000 dollar bond.

      Investigators told Action 4 News that the incident happened back on March 11th but wasn't reported until Sunday.

      Ponce told deputies that her 2-year-old son accidentally burned his hands on some hot soup she had prepared.

      Deputies said that the burns were so bad that the boy was taken to a burn center in Galvestion.

      The boy's older brother told deputies that his mother was mad at the boy and deliberately burned his hands on a hot stove.

      Authorities identified Ponce as an illegal immigrant from Mexico who has a criminal history that includes prostitution.

      Investigators said Child Protective Service have taken all of her children, who are all American citizens, into custody.

      Deputies said the 2-year-old boy is out of the hospital and has been placed with a foster family that specializes in taking care of burn victims.