Union City man sentenced for "branding" 3 children

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A Union City man who used a scalding medallion to "brand" three children, including two of his own, has been sentenced to a year in the Randolph County jail.

Jason M. Mangas, 29, Winchester, had pleaded guilty to three counts of neglect of a dependent, a Class D felony carrying a standard 18-month prison term.

Randolph Circuit Court Judge Jay Toney on Thursday accepted a plea agreement in the case, and for one of the felony convictions gave Mangas a three-year sentence with two years suspended.

For each of the other two convictions, Mangas received a three-year suspended sentence. The Union City man was also given credit for 49 days already spent in jail.

The Star Press reports court documents say the children were left in Mangas' care one weekend in Jan., which is when the three children were allegedly burned with a medallion heated on a space heater.

An 8-year-old girl who was branded told a sheriff's deputy she'd told Mangas she wanted a tattoo.

The affidavit says Mangas heated a necklace on a space heater and placed it on the girl's arm, burning an impression of the necklace's medallion.

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