SCHENECTADY — A Rotterdam man admitted Monday he seriously injured his 2-month-old son last year, according to the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office.
The child, now 10 months old, suffered a brain injury as a result and continues to recover, but the extent of the injuries remain to be seen because of the child’s age, prosecutors said.
Tristan Tinney, 22, of Phillip Street, pleaded guilty to one count of reckless assault on a child, a felony.
He is to be sentenced in March to six years in state prison.
Tinney admitted he recklessly assaulted the child in April. In addition to the brain injury, the baby suffered fractured ribs and had a seizure consistent with shaken baby syndrome. The baby went untreated for 18 hours before the mother saw the seizure and sought medical attention, prosecutors have said.
Tinney initially told investigators the injuries were caused by an accident that happened while the baby was in his care. Doctors, however, disproved that account and showed the injuries were caused by shaking or throwing, prosecutors said.
“He continues to recover. He is doing better, but he has not yet fully recovered,” Assistant District Attorney Christina Tremante-Pelham said on Monday.
Some permanent effects of the assault are expected, she said.
“The track his life was on prior to this happening will not be the same,” Tremante-Pelham said.
Tinney was indicted on a count of first-degree assault, which would have allowed for a sentence of up to 25 years in state prison. That charge, however, required prosecutors to prove he acted with “depraved indifference to human life,” in addition to recklessness.
The reckless assault on a child count carries a maximum term of seven years.
Tinney was represented by attorney Adam Parisi. Judge Kathleen Hogan presided.
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