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Day care worker sentenced to 8 years in prison for scalding toddler
Eddye Pittmon, 56, of Talmo, receives 20 years for first-degree child cruelty, with eight of those years to be served in confinement, Tuesday morning in Hall County Superior Court. Pittmon was sentenced for scalding a 16-month-old child with hot water.

A day care worker from a now closed Clermont center was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for scalding a 16-month-old child with hot water.

Eddye Pittmon, 56, of Talmo, was convicted Jan. 15 of child cruelty in the first and second degrees, as well as battery. She received 20 years for first-degree child cruelty, with eight of those years to be served in confinement.
Damon Gaddis, now 3, suffered third-degree burns and required multiple surgeries.

The child’s mother, Megan Seabolt, read a statement to Superior Court Judge Jason Deal asking for an appropriate sentence.

“Our whole world changed because of her,” she said.

On cross-examination, defense attorney Troy Millikan questioned Seabolt on a settlement worth more than $1 million in the case that has paid for Damon’s medical bills.

Bringing multiple poster boards into the courtroom, Millikan displayed Georgia statutes relating to sentencing. Pittmon’s attorney implored the judge that a woman with no criminal history does not need to be subjected to an expensive and “a meaningless 24 hours a day behind four walls.”

“Nobody more than your dad has made it his duty and responsibility, he says to the taxpayers of the state of Georgia, not to use incarceration when there are other, better remedies,” Millikan said, referring to Gov. Nathan Deal.

Millikan brought some two dozen character witnesses to the stand Tuesday morning in Deal’s courtroom. A common theme brought through testimony was the love shown by Pittmon for children and her selflessness.

“I consider her to be a blessing in my life,” said Beth Grimes, who testified about Pittmon caring for her daughters.

Some friends and family, like Todd Johnson, traveled a considerable distance to appear for Pittmon’s sentencing. Johnson, who traveled for almost 24 hours from Kuwait, said the whole society would suffer with one of its best caregivers behind bars.

“If I could take her place, I would,” Johnson said.

Brother-in-law Jerry Ellison, having asked rows of family members to stand in unison, asked the judge for probation as a way for the family to be involved in “making sure that she does what she needs to do.”

“You’re telling him these people can help with probation to make sure she abides by all the rules?” Millikan asked Ellison at the microphone.

The gallery responded with a chorus of “yes.”

“She might not have been burned on the leg, but she got burned on her soul,” Ellison said.

In his final arguments before the judge, Millikan compared his client’s nature to a boat in the water and the wake of service, dedication and happiness that can’t be replaced.

“This is the wake that is left behind so you know that boat is always going to go in the right direction,” Millikan said.

Assistant District Attorney Shiv Sachdeva asked the court for 20 years with 15 in confinement.

“Every minute was critical,” Sachdeva said.