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Man gets 4 years for burns, brain damage, abuse of toddler



Published: Sat, February 19, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

Youngstown

An Austintown man accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend’s baby stood in silence as he was sentenced to four years in prison for child endangering.

Timothy White, 30, was sentenced Friday for the second-degree felony by Judge Lou A D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. The charge stemmed from injuries to the now 3-year-old girl sustained in November 2009 while in White’s care.

The child, whose name was never made public by police, suffered brain damage, a broken rib, stomach bleeds, damage to her liver and adrenal glands, second- degree burns on her genitals, foot and finger — and hemorrhaging in one eye that an Austintown detective previously said is a potential sign of shaken- baby syndrome.

White’s four-year sen-tence will be served in a state prison. White will be credited for the 460 days he’s already served in the Mahoning County jail and will be on parole for three years after his prison release, Judge D’Apolito said.

He originally was charged with three counts of felony child endangering and felonious assault, which was reduced to one charge of child endangering in a plea agreement made in December 2010.

Before White was sentenced, the girl’s mother, Jacqueline Bagshaw, said White’s sentence “doesn’t touch the punishment this monster deserves. ... No time is enough for what he has done.”

She addressed the court with an emotional letter, noting she and her daughter have spent months trying to work through the “pain this so-called human being put us through.”

Her daughter, who requires special care as a result of her injuries, is a different child, Bagshaw said.

She “will never be the little girl she was born to be,” she said. “She is changed, and I notice it every day.”

White’s attorney Mark Lavelle said though what happened to Bagshaw’s child was a “sad and emotional situation,” he didn’t believe the prosecution had enough evidence to convict had the matter gone to trial.

“I was determined that [White] should try this case,” Lavelle said. “As far as the torture and the heinous things he’s accused of, it’s just not held up by the evidence.”

White, who also addressed the judge, didn’t admit to the crimes but said he would take responsibility since the child was left in his care.

“I was taught to take responsibility for my actions,” he said.

Bagshaw said what she fears the most is having to explain the burn scars to her child. She said no amount of jail time will give her daughter’s normal life back.


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1lilgandee(103 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Outrageous only 4 years, that's why these idiots do this the punishment does not fit the crime. Don't believe a word that attorney says either.

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2foxyglo(372 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

He should have gotten more time, why don't these mothers wake the hell up. They feel too secure with leaving their kids with their men, sometimes the children own fathers are not good choices to be left with. SCUM BAG

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3lee(544 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

That poor child will be screwed up for life, crucify the bastard. How in hell could this guy only get 4 years?

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

This fellow will be let out long before the four years are up . Drugs and alcohol fuel the carnage that the young must endure . Timothy White's carreer being a misfit of society will not be stopped by a few months of jail time .

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5Photoman(1019 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

As our legal system stands, winning is more important than obtaining justice. A plea bargain stands as a win and the "wins" are all that matter to the prosecuters office.

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6tonne(199 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

turns my stomach. the only reason i can even guess that they agreed to the plea bargain is that they suspected someone else was involved but couldn't prove it. i say that only because in cases like this the abuse often takes place over a period of time, starting out small and then escalating until the child is seriously hurt or killed. if this is what happened in this case, then the "emotional" mother who brought the "monster" into the life of her child might have known about it and done nothing, if not directly involved herself. if i recall correctly, she was at work when the incident that brought the case to light occured, but just because she wasn't there that day doesn't mean she didn't know it was happening. anyway, i hope he suffers every day of his incarceration the way that baby suffered.

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7steelwagon(284 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

4 Years ?
You can't be serious !!!
This scum gave that poor innocent child a life sentence .
I can't believe any prosecuter or judge especially those with children or grandchildren of their own could go along with a plea deal for such a terrible sick crime against a baby.
SHAME ON THEM!!!!

What is their job anyway ?
To give breaks to sick trash like White ?
Well something can be done to see to this sorry sick piece of garbage is punished.

Find out where he's going to serve his paltry 4 years and let his fellow convicts know why he's there and what he's guilty of.
I assure you prison justice will be done and those 4 years can be made to feel like 40.
Those AB boys know how to deal with scum like this.
Since the so called legal system and the court won't make him pay the prison system can and will.
Enjoy your stay scumbag
You're marked !!

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8mrblue(1068 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Another example of why the scum of our area do not fear the law. This poor child will not enjoy a normal life and all White gets is 4 years. Another Plea Deal. Way to go judge!

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9seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Exerpt: "He originally was charged with three counts of felony child endangering and felonious assault, which was reduced to one charge of child endangering in a plea agreement made in December 2010"...thanks again to a-sshole Gain's and his crack staff for plea bargaining another felon...

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10MLC75(589 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

It's time to get a prosecuter who cares about the victim.Gains is useless,he pleas everything ,we need a new form of justice.

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11shadowman(67 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

The mother of this child posted a comment on the first story that appeared here yesterday. She states that she was told White will be out this November. Are we to assume this is out with good behavior? For a crime such as this, one can be out in two years?? Our county's justice system is a joke. Both the prosecutors office and the judge in this case should be investigated. We need to vote these people out!! Sorry to say, but maybe the only type of justice here is the kind steelwagon has suggested.

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12Stormieangel(136 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Nojimbo, we do NOT have a JUSTICE system. Time and time again, more times than we ever imagine, we have a LEGAL system. It never fails to just infuriate me when I read about all the plea bargaining going on. If this man says he will take responsibility, but didn't do harm to this child, he needs to say who did. But it SEEMS he did it and he gets 4 years while this little child gets a life sentence. NO JUSTICE here!!! And such a mess comes back on the tax payers. Don't get me wrong. This child has experienced a horrible ordeal and the offender needs to be punished. But taxpayers pay for his jail time; we support him. And chances are, if this child is mentally injured, the taxpayers will pay for that also. And I believe we must help this child. Sometimes I think someone I know has the solution to this miserable man's life and others that kill and maim....Shoot all of them and let God sort it out!!! I just pray this little child will get the help SHE needs. These creeps that neglect/hurt a child, an older person or an animal does not deserve my compassion. These are 3 defenseless groups in our so-called humane society.

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13Suzanne622(4 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

They need to break his ribs and burn his genitals. Only 4 years?? That's terrible.

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14judged321(2 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

U all should be ashamed of yourselves for judging others no one knows the truth of what happened.

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15shadowman(67 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

He plead guilty. Why would you voluntarily go to prison if you were truly innocent?

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16bobp(1 comment)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

tim isn't much a man, bubba will see to that

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