Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dad sentenced for abusing infant son; baby left blind, mute, crippled (Spartanburg, South Carolina)

Dad is identified as JACOB SHATTUCK. No mention of a mother in the home.

Baby left blind, mute, crippled; Father sentenced

Jacob Shattuck pleads guilty to child abuse

UPDATED 5:35 PM EDT May 08, 2013

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. —A Lyman man received a 15-year prison sentence Wednesday after he admitted to abusing his newborn son.

Jacob Shattuck, 22, pleaded guilty to child abuse with great bodily injury.

On July 9, 2012, doctors at Greenville Memorial Hospital told Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies they were treating a 3-month-old boy who showed signs of being violently shaken. The injuries included bilateral retinal hemorrhages, a subdural hematoma and repeated seizing that last as long as 30-40 minutes per episode.

The baby was hospitalized in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit for almost a month. Prosecutors said he will most likely be dependent on others for the balance of his life.

Assistant Solicitor Susan Reese told Judge Cole the abuse left the victim legally blind and he is unable to speak or make any sounds. The baby cannot sit up or crawl.

The child has nearly a dozen appointments per month with doctors and therapists who are assisting with various aspects of his recovery, authorities said.

When deputies confronted Jacob Shattuck with the allegations, he admitted to hurting the baby, and said he knew what he had done was wrong.

Shattuck will serve 80 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for release.