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Daly City father on trial for allegedly dropping toddler into a hot oven

June 28, 2011 |  5:23 pm

A Daly City man is on trial this week on charges that he dropped his 17-month-old son into a hot oven while trying to teach the boy that it was dangerous.

San Mateo County prosecutors say Gregory Colver Jr., 20, was making pizza in the oven on Dec. 28 when he saw the toddler banging his head on the open door. To teach the toddler not to play near the oven, prosecutors say, Colver picked him up and lifted his legs into the oven, but lost his grip and dropped the squirming toddler on the coils.

Colver called his girlfriend, the boy’s mother, and while she took him to the hospital to be treated for second- and third-degree burns, Colver allegedly told authorities that the toddler turned on the oven and crawled inside while he slept, reported the San Mateo Daily Journal.

Colver has pleaded not guilty and is free on $100,000 bail. Jury selection begins Wednesday.


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