Dad CHRISTOPHER BRETT LOREN has pleaded guilty to 1st-degree child cruelty for physically abusing his 3-month-old son. It seems Daddy abused the child on at least three separate occasions--and yes, he was "babysitting" while Mom worked (i.e. yet another unemployed/underemployed abuser loser who shouldn't have been allowed around infants). The baby suffered severe head trauma, and doctors are still trying to evaluate the brain damage.
Published Tuesday, May 11, 2010 in Local
Father gets 20 years for child cruelty
By Alex McRae
After pleading guilty Monday to one count of first degree child cruelty for abusing his then 3-month-old infant son, Christopher Brett Loren of Senoia was sentenced by Coweta Superior Court Judge Jack Kirby to 20 years in prison.
Loren will serve 15 years behind bars and the remaining five years on probation. Kirby also ruled that Loren will not be allowed contact with the child until after he is released from prison, and that any contact must be initiated by the child's mother.
Loren was originally charged with aggravated battery, one count of first degree child cruelty and one count of second degree child cruelty for allegedly physically abusing his infant son on at least three separate occasions between Aug. 3-12, 2009.
On Aug. 12, Loren took child to the hospital after the baby vomited and did not open his eyes. Medical officials reported unexplained bruising on the child's back.
The baby was transported by helicopter ambulance to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, where he underwent emergency surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain caused by severe bleeding, said Lt. John Lewis of the Coweta County Sheriff's Office at the time of the arrest.
According to Lewis, the infant's mother -- who was at work at the time of the alleged abuse -- contacted police to report her suspicions that Loren had been physically abusing their son.
Doctors who treated the child initially said they would have to examine the child at key developmental milestones to ascertain the extent of any possible brain damage.