Ex-dispatcher gets 6 months for abusing baby - FOX Carolina 21

Ex-dispatcher gets 6 months for abusing baby

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A former Anderson County dispatcher was sentenced to six months home incarceration after he admitted to abusing a 5-month-old two years ago.

Brandon Newton pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct toward a child Thursday.

Prosecutors said that on April 21, 2010, emergency workers were called to Newton's Jacob Road home about an infant who was injured. They said Newton told officials that the child had fallen off a couch, and refused the let workers take the child to the hospital.

Newton later admitted the child to AnMed Health, where doctors found the infant to be suffering from two skull fractures and healed fractures from two prior incidents, prosecutors said. They said that when officials confronted Newton about the injuries, he said the child fell from a counter instead of a couch.

Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams said she was disappointed with the sentence.

"The abuse Mr. Newton inflicted upon this helpless infant, coupled with his repeated attempts to cover up the truth in order to avoid responsibility when confronted by law enforcement, are reprehensible," Adams said. "The defendant's actions called for an active prison sentence as the State requested."

In addition to the home incarceration, Newton was sentenced to five years probation. He will also be placed on the child abuse registry.

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