A Metairie man was sentenced a 10-years in prison - the maximum under state law - for causing injuries to his 4-month-old daughter, according to the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office.
The injuries to the infant included a fractured skull and broken bones.
Chase King, 38, was convicted of cruelty to a juvenile "for the broken femur, broken wrist, fractured skull and other injuries" his daughter received while under King's care, said the DA's office.
"Indicating he would have handed down a stronger sentence if he could, Judge Scott Schlegel of the 24th Judicial District Court noted that King is 'an intelligent man' whose only admission in the case was that he slapped his daughter in face only once. King had no explanation for the serious injuries he was convicted of causing," said a statement from the DA's office.
“At some point, you’re going to have to admit what you did,” Judge Schlegel told King. “You are hereby remanded” to state prison to begin the sentence.
On July 15, 2015, a doctor at Children's Hospital contacted the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office after noticing the baby had the injuries. King, according to the DA's office, admitted to a detective that he slapped the baby once and then called his wife at her work, saying, “I just clobbered the kid.”
King's attorneys offered his cerebral palsy, which affected his motor skills, as an explanation for what could have caused the accidental injuries. The defense requested probation because of his medical condition. His attorney asked for leniency, citing that King had no criminal record and that he no longer lives with his daughter.
The judge rejected the leniency request, "noting that the infant’s femur was completely broken into two and the wrist had a radial fracture, injuries incurred days before the baby’s parents brought her to the hospital," said the DA's office.
“This has to do with your intentional act, when you ‘clobbered’ your child,” Judge Schlegel told King.
King’s wife, Judith King, 38, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of child abandonment on Jan. 15, for not going to her daughter’s aid after her husband called her. She entered an Alford plea, not admitting guilt but pleading guilty in light of the evidence against her case. She was ordered her to serve one year of active probation.
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