Caring for a family member with a birth injury is stressful. Sometimes that stress pushes people too far and makes them do things that are wrong. Such is the case in this story from Washington, as reported by the Herald.
A man was sentenced to 17 months in prison over two assaults on a toddler with cerebral palsy. He pleaded guilty to the charges.
In 2016, the mother of the child noticed a big lump in the middle of his forehead. The man, who was dating the mother, said that the boy fell. Over time, other marks, including bite marks, began to appear.
In early 2017, the child’s leg was swollen and the man attempted to prevent the mother from taking the child to the hospital. However, she did manage to get the child examined. Doctors told her that the injuries were “clearly non-accidental”.
When interviewed by detectives, the man could not keep his story straight. Eventually, he admitted to biting the child and stepping on him. The court approved a plea agreement to sentence the defendant to the most time possible within the guidelines.
This is not the man’s first run-in with the law. He was previously convicted of a sex crime in his early 20s.