It was at Askew Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District that the wounds drew the attention of educators.
They were burns the 8 year-old victim says were inflicted by his mother because she thought he'd stolen a video gaming device.
"His hands were placed by his mother, allegedly, on a hot stove injuring both of his hands," said Estella Olguin of Child Protective Services.
Today 32 year-old Maria Delores Guevara appeared before a magistrate for arraignment on a felony charge of injury to a child.
Prosecutors say that back in December Guevara held both son's hands down on a hot griddle for as long as a full minute before her domestic partner intervened.
Neither woman transported the boy from their west side apartment to receive medical treatment, even after the wounds became infected.
Sarah Kinney with the Harris County District Attorney's office says investigators believe Guevara threatened to burn the boy's tongue if he talked. Kinney says elevation of the charge to a felony was more than justified.
"An adult burned the hands of a child intentionally. It wasn't an accident. It wasn't negligence. She burned his hands intentionally," said Kinney.
For his own safety the child was taken from his school today and placed in protective custody.
"We are trying to see if there's a father maybe or grandparents or aunts someone else in area that the child has a relationship with that can protect him," said Ogling.
Neighbor Esperanza Rodriguez says she was told by the boy that he'd burned himself on the stove.
News of Guevara's arrest and the abuse allegation prompted Rodriguez to shake her head and say, "Poor little boy."
Bond was set for Guevara at $55,000.