Father sentenced in death of 3-year-old son
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A man who told friends he didn't want his 3-year-old son to become a sissy was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing the boy by slamming his head into a kitchen wall just weeks after the child's return home from foster care.
Ronnie Paris, 22, was sentenced Friday after convictions last month for second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.
His son, Ronnie, died Jan. 28, six days after the boy slipped into a coma with swelling on both sides of his brain.
Several witnesses testified during Paris' trial that he sometimes got rough with the toddler while play fighting and told friends his father had raised him to be tough and he planned to raise Ronnie the same way because he didn't want a "sissy" for a son.
The boy's mother, Nysheerah Paris, 20, said her husband beat the boy and slammed his head into a kitchen wall. She is charged with child neglect and could get 15 years in prison if convicted.