A Galesburg man received the minimum sentence late last week for bouncing an infant on his knee without supporting her neck and head.
Austin M. Mitchener, 21, formerly of East North Street, was sentenced late Friday morning by Circuit Judge Paul Mangieri to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
That followed his conviction earlier this year during an all-day bench trial before Judge Mangieri who found the man guilty of Class X felony aggravated battery to a child, which carried the maximum of 30 years in prison.
Mitchener was given credit for 408 days already served in the Knox County jail and his sentence is to be served at 85 percent. That means Mitchener will likely serve about four years or so in the IDOC to be followed by three years of parole.
The Galesburg man also was ordered to pay $187 in court costs and fines.
Mitchener was found guilty of bouncing a child who was about 7 weeks old at the time of the June 2017 incident “on his lap without supporting the (victim’s) neck, causing blood and swelling on the brain and/or seizures and/or shaken baby syndrome,” court documents said.
Defense attorney Jeremy Karlin has previously called the case “tragic.”
This article was originally published by Galesburg.com.
Scott Juceam is one of the leading advocates against Shaken Baby Syndrome. Scott’s life changed when his daughter Hannah was shaken to death by her nanny in 2006. Since then, Scott has dedicated his life to preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and child abuse.