by: Gary Horcher Updated:
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE - A 26-year old Mountlake Terrace man admitted to police—he burned his young nephews and niece with cigarettes repeatedly out of anger, over the course of a year.
26-year-old Jeffrey Allan Marshall was arrested after the children’s grandmother noticed small burns and scars all over the arms and legs of her 9-year-old grandson.” I counted 30 burns on each foot, “said Shari Keith. “I saw burns on his legs on the knees on the ankles, on the insides of his toes, he was covered in burns.”
Then Keith and her partner, Bryan Bodyfelt, saw more burns on the fingers of their 22-month old grandson as well. Keith’s 5-year-old granddaughter also showed injuries on her legs, suggesting abuse. She photographed the burns, and immediately brought the photos and the children to the Mountlake Terrace Police department.
“They tried to talk to the kids, but they tensed up, they were so afraid, and they didn’t want to talk to them, “Keith said.
Eventually, the 9-year-old boy bravely explained the abuse to his grandmother. “He said my uncle did it grandma! He does it almost every day."
When Marshall was arrested in the house he and the children shared, police questioned his sister—the children’s mother—and paternal grandmother as well. According to court documents, the Mountlake Terrace police officer who arrested Marshall noticed the house smelled strongly of urine. The children are in protective custody.
Marshall faces charges of child abuse and assault on a child.
“All i can say is God have mercy on his soul, when he has to come to judgment,” exclaimed Keith, “and I hope they are not lenient on him at all."