Man Gets 17 Years In Prison For Baby's Death

Man Gets 17 Years In Prison For Baby's Death

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A 24 year old Philadelphia man is going to prison for causing the death of a 6 week old baby.

Jeremiah Garnett appeared in Jefferson County Court Thursday afternoon.

He was sentenced to 17 years in prison and five years' post-release supervision.

He was originally charged with second-degree murder in 2016 after his girlfriend's infant died.

In March, Garnett pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

Garnett was accused in February 2016 of causing a severe brain injury to a child, who state police identified as Benjamin Jones.

Benjamin passed away at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Investigators said Garnett called rescue personnel to his girlfriend's 23 Main Street apartment, where he was watching the baby while she was at work.

State police said Garnett lived there with his girlfriend and her baby.

During sentencing, Judge James McCluskey address Garnett: "Certainly reckless, uncalled for, and you've taken something that can never be replaced."

Garnett's lawyer, Julie Hutchins, said prosecutors and defense agreed on the 17 year sentence because of certain disabilities Garnett has.

The judge asked Garnett to describe his action leading up to the child's death.

Garnett said he "tossed him (the baby) up in the air and he hit his head on the ceiling."

The family of the child didn't wish to speak after the sentencing.

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