Man gets 4 years for burns, brain damage, abuse of toddler
By Elise Franco
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.