Wednesday, September 12, 2012

In Nevada, Man gets prison term in baby's killing | Shaken Baby Syndrome

A 26-year-old Henderson man was reportedly sentenced Tuesday to 14 years to life in prison for killing his girlfriend's 16-month-old daughter.
Cody Geddings in January was reportedly convicted of second-degree murder and child neglect for the April 2010 slaying of Addison Weast.
Geddings reportedly apologized for his actions before he was sentenced by District Judge Doug Herndon.
"I'd like to apologize to Addison's family for their loss. No matter how many times I apologize for this it won't change what happened," Geddings said.
The girl's mother, Jaime Higgons, tearfully reportedly asked Herndon for the maximum sentence of 18 years to life in prison.
"She was everything to me. I am never going to be a complete person," she said, adding that the pain she felt was never going to go away.
Geddings reportedly initially said Addison fell from her crib, causing the fatal injuries. He later changed his story and said the girl was playing around his welding equipment, which included a 145-pound tank sitting on an unstable chair.
Geddings reportedly told authorities the tank fell on the girl, causing head injuries.
Instead of calling 911, Geddings reportedly called Higgons who had to travel across the valley to reach her baby.

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