An Arizona man was sentenced to 13 years behind bars for squeezing an infant to death, but the child’s mother says the sentence is too harsh.
On Wednesday, a Superior Court judge sentenced 24-year-old David Jonathan Ramos to 13 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son.
Back in October of 2014, Ramos and his girlfriend took 15-month-old Drayson Tese to a hospital for a head injury.
Police say Ramos failed to disclose that he had squeezed the child and doctors only focused on the head injury without checking his abdominal injuries.
The child was transferred to a Las Vegas hospital where he later died.
Ramos told police he was playfully throwing the boy up in the air when he accidentally dropped him on his head.
The couple took the child to the hospital after the boy started vomiting.
An autopsy found the child died of a liver fracture from blunt force trauma which caused internal bleeding.
Prosecutors say the injury was caused by the child being squeezed too hard.
In court, the boy’s mother said she forgave Ramos and said the 13-year penalty was too severe.
The judge said someone convicted of murder should serve life in prison but added that he took the mother’s statement and the prosecutor’s willingness to agree to the sentence into account and reluctantly sentenced Ramos to just over a decade behind bars.
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