Posted on December 16, 2012 · Posted in Brain Injury

An Oregon man was sentenced to 7 1/2 years Friday on charges that he shook his 7-month-old daughter so hard that she sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to The Oregonian.

Roderick Frimpong, 28, of Gresham received the sentence for first-degree assault in Multnomah County Circuit Court, The Oregonian said. He was convicted by a jury last month in the May 9, 2011, incident.

The day it happened, one of Frimpong’s neighbors called police after hearing a lot of noise coming from his apartment. The baby, who is now 2, was unconscious, The Oregonian said. Frimpong claimed that he had has just rocked her, and that when she stopped crying he suspected something was wrong.

But during the trial there was medical testimony that the baby’s injuries were too severe to have been caused by “rough rocking,” but rather were more consistent with violent shaking, The Oregonian reported.

The tot  now doesn’t have total use of the right side of her body and her speech had been delayed.

The child’s mother had been out seeing a cardiologist the day of the incident, and has since passed away. The toddler is in the state’s custody.

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Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
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