http://www.knbc.com/news/16603834/detail.html In a case veteran officers have called one of the worst cases of child abuse ever investigated, parolee-at-large Starkeisha Brown and Krystal Matthews apparently beat Brown's son routinely, inflicted multiple cigarette burns on his genital area and other body parts and left him to sit in his own urine, said Los Angeles Police Department First Assistant Chief James McDonnell. The child was subjected to the unbearable abuse for an extended period of time and was hospitalized Monday, he said. His condition remains "guarded," McDonnell said. "I just looked at the photographs that were taken of this victim, and in my time (with the police department) I have never seen anybody with these kind of injuries that has lived," McDonnell said. "This kid must have a tremendous will to live to be able to still hang on despite what he's been through." The abuse the boy suffered included being denied basic necessities like food and water and being suspended with his hands above his head to a door and beaten, McDonnell said. The child had a broken tooth with a nerve exposed and was regularly forced to place his hands on a hot stove, McDonnell said. "Because of the burns and scar tissue, he can't fully open his hands," McDonnell said.