EAGLE RIVER - In 2011, a Lac du Flambeau man forced toddlers into a scalding bathtub.
Now he won't be able to go near any child for the next four years.
Jeffery Kulick turned up the water temperature in the house to near boiling a year and a half ago.
That's when he was watching the two year old and three year old siblings.
He then forced the children into a bathtub of the scalding water.
On Monday, he was sentenced in Vilas County Court to four years in prison, followed by five years of extended supervision.
Family of the victims provided emotional testimony.
"It takes a real monster to turn the water heater up, wait for the water to get that hot, then run an bath, then forced my son to sit in it," said the victims' mother.
"The grandmother who immediately tried to aid the young man indicated that when she tried to take his socks off, the skin was coming off with the socks," explained Vilas County Assistant District Attorney David Breedlove.
"He's burned from the waist down. Not only that, but his private areas. What's he going to tell girls when he's older?" asked the victims' father.
Newswatch 12 has decided to keep the identity of the parents concealed to protect the victims' privacy as minors.
"I guess the best way I can say it is, I feel your pain. I truly do," said Vilas County Judge Neal Nielsen during sentencing.
Nielsen showed little sympathy for Kulick.
He gave him nearly the five years in prison prosecutors asked for.
Defense attorney Robert Hanson told us he expects to take the ruling to appeals court.
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin's top story in 2014 was a historic one, as the state joined the ranks of those that allow gay marriage. But plenty of other headlines are worth remembering from the year that was, including Gov. Scott Walker demonstrating his resilience by winning his third election in four years, the theft of a 300-year-old violin and the disturbing case of the Slender Man stabbing.
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A federal judge in Madison uncorked same-sex marriage in June when she struck down the state's ban. Gay couples across the state rushed to wed over several days before opponents stopped it temporarily. Four months later, the U.S. Supreme Court re-started it when it rejected appeals from gay marriage opponents in five states including Wisconsin, and hundreds of couples rushed to courthouse to exercise their right to marry.
Police arrest Hamilton protesters blocking highway
MILWAUKEE - Dozens of demonstrators have been arrested while blocking traffic on Interstate 43 during a march to protest the death of a black man shot by Milwaukee police earlier this year.
Hundreds of protesters blocked traffic during rush hour Friday, calling for charges against officer who shot and killed 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton in April. Officer Christopher Manney shot Hamilton 14 times after a struggle in a downtown park, spurring weeks of protests. Manney was later fired for not following proper procedure.
EAGLE RIVER - You can help families in need give their kids a special Christmas Day.
The Vilas County Salvation Army is still looking for toys to give to families that need some help this holiday season.
"It's always the 8 to 12-year-olds for boys and for girls. So LEGOs, definitely, are a big hit, action figures. For the girls, you know, arts and crafts kind of things, hair dryers, curling irons, any of those kinds of things," said Vilas County Salvation Army Volunteer Kathy Holtorp.
LAONA - Northwoods loggers describe business right now as great. KLP Logging and Trucking Owner Kevin Kramer says it's a golden time to get into the business. The Laona business owner says timber prices are high, so is demand, but he's facing issues getting logs to the mills.
Some loggers can't find enough trucks to get their logs from the Northwoods to paper mills. Kramer would love more trucks in the area.
He believes it started in the early 2000s. Kramer says a number of trucks went to the southern U.S. to cash in, and clean up hurricane damage. He says many didn't return.
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