Texas woman pleads guilty in fatal scalding of grandson, 2

Patricia Flores & Lyfe Flores

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas woman has pleaded guilty to murder in the fatal scalding of her 2-year-old grandson.

The sentencing phase of the Patricia Flores trial began Tuesday, a day after she entered her plea in Fort Worth. The 44-year-old Haltom City woman has left her sentencing to a Tarrant County jury.

Flores could receive up to life imprisonment for the death of grandson Lyfe Flores. Investigators say the child went without medical attention for six days after he was scalded March 24 by hot bath water, leading to an infection that killed the child last April.

Flores was a fugitive until turning herself in to the Frio County Sheriff's Office in Pearsall a week later. She was initially charged with injury to a child by omission.

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