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Man gets 2 years in prison for beating stepson

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 6:06 PM
Last updated 10:12 PM
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A man who beat his 5-year-old autistic stepson with a belt pleaded guilty Tuesday to cruelty to children.

The charges against 29-year-old Daniel M. Baker had been pending for several months in Richmond County Superior Court after Judge J. David Roper rejected an earlier plea negotiation with a recommendation that included no time in prison.

On Tuesday, Roper said he was troubled to send Baker to prison, but he believed a 2-year prison term followed by a 3-year probation term was appropriate.

Assistant District Attorney Melissa Marks told the judge that on March 21, 2012, Baker beat the child so severely that the boy had numerous bruises and tissue damage.

There was a three-day delay in seeking medical care for the boy, who was passing blood in his urine by the time he was taken to the hospital. It was a life-threatening condition, Marks said.

The child was hospitalized for six days. His maternal grandmother spent the next 10 months going through the legal steps necessary to gain custody of the child, she told the judge. Since then, she said, she heard from school personnel that the boy had repeatedly missed school and had complained his stepfather hurt his bottom.

Baker said Tuesday that he loved his stepchildren and had only physically disciplined the boy once before.

Baker said he never had a father in his life and all he has ever wanted was to be a good father himself. He said he hadn’t meant to hurt the boy, but acknowledged that the child was still hurting so much the next day he couldn’t attend school.

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my.voice
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my.voice 08/27/13 - 08:40 pm
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"He said he hadn’t meant to

"He said he hadn’t meant to hurt the boy"

Ummm, yea. See you in a couple of years, bully.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/27/13 - 08:46 pm
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Why

would the judge be troubled about sending this brute to jail?

jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/28/13 - 05:56 am
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Why would a judge be conflicted about sending this guy to jail for beating a five year old kid so bad he was passing blood in his urine? You sir don't belong on the bench if that decision is too difficult for you to comprehend.

ragingbull
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ragingbull 08/28/13 - 06:04 am
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Not having a father in one's

Not having a father in one's life does not give one a license to take out his rage on a young child. Two years in prison is not enough for this piece of lowlife trash. Maybe he will learn in prison what it is like to be beat by someone over which you have no control. And if the judge was troubled about sending this man to prison, why doesn't he go to prison with him and hold his hand for two years. And one other thing; where was the child's mother in all of this?

ragingbull
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ragingbull 08/28/13 - 06:14 am
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The more I read this article,

The more I read this article, the madder I get. I am assuming the grandmother did not gain custody of the little boy. Where's DFACS when you need them. The fact that there is no input from the mother says a lot about this man. He is probably the abusive type, who rules by fear. Anyone who could beat a five year old in that way does not deserve justice or compassion. I hope he is abused in prison in every possible way.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 08/28/13 - 06:30 am
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Me too

RagingBull - poor little innocent child - how dare this man hurt him repeatedly -and the judge has feelings for the man instead of the child!

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Fiat_Lux 08/28/13 - 07:43 am
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It's more likely the judge has feelings

for the family about to lose its bread winner.

The thing I don't get is how this stepfather had any access to that little boy's bottom after putting him in the hospital. DFCS would have to have been involved because hospitals are required to report such injuries to children.

If Child Protective Services sent that boy back to the same house where that abusive man was ever going to be spending any time without agency or court-ordered supervision, then I feel a lawsuit coming on.

That's how little kids get killed.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/28/13 - 08:37 am
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Besides...

...he wasn't even a redhead!

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 08/28/13 - 11:43 am
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I'm Troubled...

I'm troubled that Judge Roper is troubled about sending this [filtered word]to jail. I'm troubled that the child apparently has never been sent to the grandmother by DFACS. I'm troubled that in two short years, this [filtered word]will back on the streets of Augusta, instead of being put on a bus to Montana. I'm troubled because his wife did not take HER SON to the HOSPITAL when he first started passing blood. And lastly, I'm troubled because she has not tossed his butt out of the house and to the curb with the garbage.

my.voice
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my.voice 08/28/13 - 10:31 pm
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What's up with all the thumbs

What's up with all the thumbs down?

And if you thing DFACS is doing anything to proactively protect anyone, think again. They just aren't capable or willing to do the job correctly.

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