Columbus Man Sentenced to Prison for Child Abuse

COLUMBUS (AP) - A 25-year-old Columbus man who acknowledged that he head-butted his 4-month-old son has been given six to 10 years in prison. Judge Robert Steinke sentenced Jeremy Hetrick for attempted child abuse. Hetrick was sentenced last week. Prosecutors say Hetrick had abused the infant at a Columbus apartment he shared with the boy's mother. Court records say Hetrick called 911 on Jan. 22 to report that his son had stopped breathing. Police Capt. Bret Strecker stated in an affidavit that doctors later said the boy had bleeding on the brain and three healed rib fractures. Strecker said Hetrick acknowledged that he'd lost patience when his son became fussy that night, had squeezed the boy and then head-butted him very hard.

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