Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dad gets 9 years in prison for killing 4-year-old son (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)

Wonder if this was a custody/visitation situation. Sounds like it.

Dad is identified as ALFRED A. HILL.

Reynoldsburg man sentenced in 4-year-old son’s death

By John Futty
The Columbus Dispatch • Thursday October 2, 2014 4:26 AM

A 28-year-old Reynoldsburg man was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for killing his 4-year-old son in 2012.

Alfred A. Hill entered an Alford plea to one count of involuntary manslaughter. That means he didn’t admit guilt but conceded that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David E. Cain imposed the sentence, which was recommended by the prosecution and defense as part of a plea agreement. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed charges of murder, felonious assault and child endangering.

Hill’s son, also named Alfred Hill, was found unconscious by paramedics at his paternal aunt’s apartment at 1229 Bay Tree Court in Reynoldsburg on the morning of July 12, 2012. He died at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Assistant County Prosecutor Jennifer Rausch said the father struck the child in the chest, stopping his heart.

Hill declined to make a statement in court.

The boy’s mother, Ashley Bennett, told the judge she has struggled to stay strong for her two other children.

“Someone told me to never hold onto anger and forgive even if you don’t want to,” she said. “No matter what the sentence is, my son will never come back to me.”