A TWO-year-old boy was battered so viciously by his mum’s boyfriend that he has been left in a vegetative state where all he can feel is pain.
Toddler Thomas Sullivan and his three-year-old sister Amery were burned and left with horrific injuries after being abused by Adam Thomas.
Toddler Thomas Sullivan was battered so viciously by his mum’s boyfriend that he has been left in a vegetative state[/caption]
Thomas, 28, who was dating the kids’ mum Denise Rae Watson, 26, was handed two life sentences earlier this month following the abuse at a Texas home.
Little Thomas was placed in intensive care after suffering severe head trauma, a lacerated liver, multiple fractures and a burn.
The toddler’s injuries left him in a vegetative state and he will likely remain that way the rest of his life, his aunt Sarah Sullivan said.
She told The Courier: “He’s only responsive to pain.
“He breathes on his own, and then he stops. He’s not doing well.
“He’s going to live, but they said we need to prepare for him to be in this state for the rest of his life.”
He is likely to suffer permanent mental and physical disabilities because of the abuse.
His sister also suffered horrific injuries to her stomach as well as fractures to her pelvis and ribs.
Prosecutors believe the abuse may have taken place over several weeks.
Thomas, 28, claimed that the children suffered the injuries “after a series of accidents, such as falling down stairs, falling off a toy wagon or playing too hard on a slip-and-slide at a birthday party.”
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But an investigation found that Thomas had previously abused and burned two other children who were of a similar age.
Thomas’ girlfriend, Denise Watson, pled guilty to her role in failing to seek care for the children.
She was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Thomas and Amery’s medical treatment.
Adam Thomas, 28, was handed two life sentences earlier this month following the abuse at a Texas home[/caption]
Mum Denise Rae Watson, 26, pled guilty to her role in failing to seek care for the children[/caption]