NACOGDOCHES COUNTY — Anthony Watts, on the first day of his bench trial on the charge of injury to a child, pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony. A bench trial occurs when a court case is tried in front of a judge rather than a jury.
Watts is accused of scalding his then-two-year-old son, ZaTaurean Pleasant, during a bath.
There was an apparent malfunction with the heating unit at Watts' apartment, which is why boiling water from the stove was added to the child's bath, Nacogdoches Police Sgt. Greg Sowell has said.