Thursday, May 3, 2012

In Massachusetts, Lynn dad gets 9 to 12 years for shaking baby | Shaken Baby Syndrome

Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead sentenced a Lynn man to nine to 12 years in state prison Tuesday morning after the defendant was convicted Monday of violently shaking his then-infant baby during an incident in July 2009.

"As of this moment, the defendant has never shown any remorse for what he did," Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall said during the hearing. "It's hard to imagine a more vulnerable victim and a more sacred relationship to be violated."

Whitehead imposed the sentence after hearing MacDougall's argument that Jose Aquino, 29, "violently shook" his then 2-month-old daughter Elliany for what doctors testified had to be a minimum of one minute. The abuse caused serious and permanent brain injuries and vision damage, and a portion of the child's skull had to be removed to relieve swelling.

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