Martin Proctor, the Hillsboro man who was accused of shaking his one-month-old daughter until she turned purple and began having seizures, was booked into the Correction Reception Center in Orient on Friday to begin serving a six-year sentence for felonious assault, a second-degree felony.
Proctor, 27, was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to felonious assault, while an additional charge of endangering children, a third-degree felony, was dropped as part of a plea agreement.
Highland County Prosecutor Collins told The Times-Gazette that law enforcement and the child’s family were consulted, and the prosecution recommended the six-year prison sentence.
The long-term impact of the baby’s injuries is unknown, but Collins said she’s been told the child is doing well. Previously, Collins told The Times-Gazette that hospital officials in Cincinnati found evidence of a “healing hairline fracture to the left tibia” of the baby. Collins said the finding “may indicate prior abuse.”
The baby, who was originally in county custody, was placed in a family member’s home, while her 8-year-old brother remains in county custody.
The baby’s mother is a Hillsboro resident, and the mother of the older child lives in Kentucky.
In a hearing earlier this year in juvenile court to determine temporary child custody, Proctor admitted to facts presented in court, including a series of events on March 12 during which “he could not get (the baby) to stop crying, he shook her and she went limp… then (she) began crying so hard she turned purple and began to seize.”
The baby was released from the hospital in late March.
Proctor was arrested March 15 by the Hillsboro Police Department and charged with felonious assault in regard to the injuries to the baby. He was indicted in April by a Highland County grand jury on charges of felonious assault and child endangerment.
The case first came to light when the local Children Services agency filed a request with Highland County Probate and Juvenile Judge Kevin Greer for emergency protective custody of the baby and her brother after the infant was taken to Highland District Hospital on March 12, then transferred by life squad to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where she was sedated into a coma due to seizures.
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