Lexington man accused of burning children

Nimish Patel, 36,

COLUMBIA (WACH)- A 36-Year-old Lexington man is in jail facing child abuse charges.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said Nimesh Patel is accused of heating up a metal utensil and holding it on the hands of two children, causing burns and scars.

An arrest warrant said Patel told investigators he was trying to punish the children for bad behavior.

If convicted, Patel could serve up to 40 years in prison.