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Prosecutors strike deal with licensed nurse who abused kid in hospice care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Prosecutors reached a resolution Friday with a lawyer representing former UC Davis nurse Edgar Gomez Burgion, according to District Attorney spokesperson Shelly Orio.

Burgion pled no contest to two counts of felony child abuse, according to Orio, despite the DA’s previous consideration of adding more.

Burgion, 48, was arrested last December after detectives reviewed a nanny cam, provided by the family of a 13-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, that showed him launching a brutal series of attacks on the boy across a three-day shift.

Prosecutors said Burgion only left his spot on the sofa to attack the nonverbal boy around 27 times. Burgion struck the boy with his own suction tool – used to keep him from gagging on his own saliva- and shoved it down his throat, leaving it there for so long that he became unable to breathe.

Burgion also violently yanked the boy’s face around, punched him in the face and genital region, and picked him up, violently slamming him back down into his bed. The whole time, he was insulting the child.

“He tells the victim to shut up, he quietly says other things in a demeaning voice,” DDA Sydne Jones explained at a bail hearing.

At the same hearing, Judge Michael Savage revoked Burgion’s bail, calling the case “as egregious as it gets.”

“The only thing that didn’t happen, apparently, is that he did not inflict a greater injury, but the child is completely helpless,” Savage said. “He was literally, as Ms. Jones says, tortured for three days by his caretaker.”

Burgion returns to court for sentencing on October 14, 2022.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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