UPDATED 8.16.2011 6:45pm by Julie Montanaro
A Tallahassee man is now headed to prison in a shocking shaken baby case.
Malcolm Hall, Jr. will spend 15 years behind bars.
Malcolm Hall Junior told the judge what happened that day in November 2009 was an accident, not a crime.
"One mistake changed the rest of our life forever," he said.
Hall was caring for his girlfriend's two year old daughter. He claims she slipped in the tub and he couldn't revive her.
She wound up unconscious in the hospital with bruises and head injuries.
Prosecutors argued those injuries were consistent with Hall shaking the baby and beating her and a jury recently agreed. It found Hall guilty of aggravated child abuse.
At his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Hall apologized to his girlfriend and to the little girl who survived and recovered.
"I want to apologize to my baby for not being trustworthy. That baby trusts me, she loves me and I let her down," Hall told the judge.
"He is a responsible man, a caring man," the child's mother said choking back tears. "I know it's easy to look at a sheet of paper and be reminded of all the other people that you've seen come through here, but he is not that," she said.
"Don't take the rest of my life away from me, please," Hall said as he concluded his remarks.
"It is absolutely wonderful that the child appears to have completely recovered," prosecutor Kathy Ray said, "we're all grateful for that."
"But it doesn't take away from what this defendant did to that child that left her in a coma in the emergency room," Ray argued.
"This morning, you have to some extent, expressed some remorse for what happened," Judge Stewart Parsons said to Hall, "but the explanation you gave as you testified under oath in the trial, was totally inconsistent with the medical evidence."
The judge sentenced Hall to 15 years in prison for aggravated child abuse.
The little girl is now three years old. Defense attorneys say she has recovered and shows no signs of any long term impact from the incident.
The judge also sentenced Hall to 15 years for violating his probation on three previous burglaries. That sentence will run at the same time.
[UPDATE] 8-16 Noon - by Julie Montanaro
A Tallahassee man is heading to prison for child abuse. Malcolm Hall still maintains it was an accident. Malcolm Hall was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated child abuse.
Hall addressed the judge this morning. He apologized to his family, his girlfriend and the baby girl he was convicted of abusing.
Hall maintains that what happened that day back in November 2009 was an accident. that the jury didn't buy that story and today the judge didn't either.
The child was in a coma with bruises and a hematoma
Despite a passionate plea from Hall and the child's mother, the judge sentenced him to 15 years.
The little girl did survive the injuries and is now 3 years old. She'll be a 18 when Hall is released from prison.
[UPDATE] 8-16 11:25am by Julie Montanaro
Malcolm Hall asked the judge for leniency saying what happened that day was "an accident, not an incident."
Hall was found guilty of abusing a 22-month-old girl who wound up in the hospital in a coma.
Hall said he took responsibility for what happened, but "this isn't me."
Hall apologized to his family, his girlfriend and to the toddler who was the victim in this case.
The judge said Hall's explanation of what happened is not consistent with the injuries doctors described.
Judge Stewart Parsons sentenced Hall to 15 years in prison.
UPDATE 8,3,2011 by Julie Montanaro
A Leon County jury found Malcolm Hall guilty of aggravated child abuse Tuesday.
Hall was accused of abusing a 22 month old girl who wound up in the hospital in a coma. Doctors testified she had severe bruising and hemorrhaging. She did survive.
Hall took the stand in his own defense and denied ever hurting the child. Prosecutors say he claimed she fell in the bathtub.
The jury deliberated for about two hours before coming back with a guilty verdict.
Hall faces a maximum of 30 years in prison. His sentencing date has not yet been set.
Press release from Tallahassee Police Department:
Thursday around 12:55 p.m. a Special Victims Unit (SVU) investigator from the Tallahassee Police Department responded to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (TMH) after the Leon County Child Protection Team (CPT) reported a possible child abuse case.
The CPT reported a 22-month-old female who was unresponsive. The injuries occurred under the supervision of the mother's boyfriend. The investigation revealed that the child's injuries were consistent with child abuse.
SVU investigators, accompanied by the Leon County Sheriff's Office, located the suspect at a residence outside of the city limits. The suspect was taken into custody Friday without incident, while working in conjunction with the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
The child remains in critical condition at TMH.
Arrested Malcolm Hall Jr, Black Male, 24 YOA
Charge: Aggravated Child Abuse