Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dad accepts plea deal for abusing 6-week-old daughter (Fort Myers, Florida_

Dad is identified as PATRICK CANNEDY. No mention of a mother in the home. 


Father accepts plea deal in shaken baby case

Posted: Jul 22, 2013 11:36 AM EDT Updated: Jul 22, 2013 2:43 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, FL - A father accused of violently shaking his infant daughter accepted a plea deal from the state this morning. Patrick Cannedy pleaded guilty to third degree felony child abuse.

The judge sentenced him to 48 months of probation. He must also pay $500 in court costs and must receive a mental evaluation.

Earlier this year, deputies said Cannedy shook his daughter, Lily, so hard she suffered a brain hemorrhage. Lily was six weeks old at the time.

After a lengthy investigation, Cannedy was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse.

A doctor told deputies the infant suffered severe head trauma due to shaken baby syndrome.

Deputies say the baby also showed other signs of physical abuse, specifically bruising all over her chest, stomach and hips, caused by some sort of trauma.

Investigators say Cannedy denied ever hurting his daughter. He told them he picked her up abruptly while she was vomiting.