POLK COUNTY, FL. (THECOUNT) — Felipe Casanova, of Bartow, Florida, has been identified as the suspect arrested after his young daughter showed up to school with a black eye and a severe burn to her hand.

Casanova, 39, admitted to placing his 9-year-old daughter’s hand on a hot stovetop to punish her for “stealing from the family.”


According to reports, the child’s school notified the Department of Children and Family Services after reportedly attending school Wednesday with a bruised left eye and what appeared to be a significant burn on her right palm.

The girl told school officials that she was burned when her father put her hand over a burning hot stovetop.

Detectives visited the child’s home and interviewed Casanova who admitted to placing her hand over the stovetop to “teach her a lesson” after she stole from the family. When the girl pulled away from the stove, she fell over a stool near the stove and got a black eye, Casanova said, reports WFLA.

Casanova was arrested for aggravated child abuse and booked into Polk County Jail.


Geo quick facts: Polk County is located in the U.S. state of Florida. The county population was 602,095, as of the 2010 census. Its county seat is Bartow, and its largest city is Lakeland. Polk County comprises the Lakeland–Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.