Father gets 2 years in prison for injuring son

Boy has since fully recovered

A city man received two years in state prison Friday after admitting earlier he intentionally injured his young child.

Tayquan Sidney, 23, pleaded guilty in April in Schenectady County Court to one count of second-degree assault, a felony.

Sidney admitted to injuring the nearly 2-year-old boy in August. He caused multiple bruises to the boy’s face and head, prosecutor John Carson has said.

Carson on Friday asked Judge Matthew Sypniewski to impose the agreed-upon two-year sentence, as well as the maximum post-release supervision. The plea deal left the supervision element the only one to be decided.

Defense attorney Brian Mercy asked for a lesser supervision term. The judge imposed three years.

Sidney had been charged previously with two counts of assault against the boy. The other count related to bruises he allegedly inflicted on the boy in January 2016, Carson said.

The boy has since fully recovered, Carson has said.

Sidney also has a 10-year order of protection preventing him from seeing his son unless authorized by Family Court, Carson has said.

Investigators learned of both incidents after the August assault when the boy’s mother took him to see a doctor, Carson said earlier. She didn’t take the boy to the doctor after the January 2016 incident.

The injuries in both cases were consistent with the boy being grabbed and struck, the prosecutor said.

Police arrested Sidney in September. He has been in custody since.

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