Friday, September 27, 2013

Dad caught on hidden camera swinging, punching, and choking infant son is sentenced (Costa Mesa, California)

Dad is identified as JOSHUA ALLEN ROBEY. We've reported on this sh** before.,0,3928692.story

Dad caught on hidden camera swinging infant son by neck is sentenced

By Adolfo Flores

September 27, 2013, 12:29 p.m.

A Costa Mesa father caught on camera swinging his 2-month-old son by the neck with a blanket fashioned into a noose and punching, choking and shaking the infant was sentenced Friday to 13 years to life in state prison.

Joshua Allen Robey, 26, was found guilty in August of one felony count each of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, torture and child abuse with a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury to a child under the age of 5.

Robey attacked and attempted to kill his son in October 2011 while babysitting, unaware that his girlfriend had set up a hidden camera in her Anaheim home because she believed he was cheating on her, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.

At the time, Robey wasn’t living with his girlfriend and was staying at a hotel in Costa Mesa.

In the video, prosecutors said, Robey is captured wrapping a blanket around the infant’s neck and swinging him in the air for more than a minute.

Robey is then seen putting his son down and punching him several times with closed fists, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said he also grabbed his son by the throat with both hands, lifted him in the air and shook him. When the baby cried, he covered the child's mouth, grabbed him by the neck and shook him while holding him in the air, according to prosecutors.

Robey attempted to suffocate the baby by covering his face with a blanket and his mouth with his hand for several seconds and covered his nose and mouth with tape, prosecutors said.

The infant's mother saw the attack when she watched the video from the hidden camera and told her mother the next day. The grandmother took the baby to the hospital, where doctors determined he had sustained fractured ribs, bleeding to the brain and liver injuries.