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Man who burned, hit child, threatened mom, to be sentenced next month

MEDICINE HAT — Sentencing of an Alberta man who burned a three-year-old child with cigarettes and a lighter and locked him in a closet has been adjourned until next month.

Dustin Stright, who is 30, of Medicine Hat, Alta., pleaded guilty in December to assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement and death threats.

A statement of facts said Stright met the child’s mother through an online dating site, then moved in with her in November 2011.

In March 2012 an anonymous source and the child’s mother reported to police that the child was being abused.

The child told officers that Stright had burned him on the hand and chest with a cigarette and burned his leg with a lighter.

Stright put the child in a closet for up to 12 hours at a time and threatened to inflict more punishment on the child if the mother interfered.

Sentencing is now scheduled for April 17.

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