Willie Smith Found Guilty Of Beating Infant Son

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A Jefferson County jury has found 27 year old Willie Smith III guilty of beating his infant son.

The jury handed up its verdict shortly before 2 p.m.

The panel found him guilty of first and second degree assault charges as well as charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Smith beat his infant son, Laquan, in the town of Pamelia last year.

"We were pleased with the verdict. Baby Laquan was injured quite badly," said Sean Sterling, assistant District Attorney.

The baby suffered a number of serious injuries, including broken bones and a skull fracture.

During the trial, a doctor testified it's too early to tell if the child will have permanent physical or mental damage as a result of the beatings.

The jury began deliberating around 10:30 a.m. after the defense and prosecution made their closing arguments.

Smith's ex-girlfriend testified Tuesday that she walked into her room on May 30, 2013 and saw Smith hit the infant three times with his fist.

"To the typical person, she didn't look like the best mother. But when it all came down to it, she made the right decision in taking him to the hospital," said Sterling.

Smith's rial started Monday.

When Smith was 20 years old, he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault charges after police accused him of shaking his daughter and slamming her against a wall.

He was sentenced to two years in prison.

Smith will be sentenced on the latest charges September 12.

He faces ten to 25 years in prison.

"His previous conviction does play a factor in that," said Sterling.

Smith's defense attorney declined to speak on camera after the trial, but did not close the door on a possible appeal.
 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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