Former Fort Campbell soldier gets 15 yrs for abusing infant son - WKRN News 2

Former Fort Campbell soldier gets 15 years for abusing infant son

Posted: Updated: March 27, 2014 08:25 PM
Anthony James, Sr was sentenced to 15 years in prison for hurting his infant son. (Courtesy: The Leaf Chronicle) Anthony James, Sr was sentenced to 15 years in prison for hurting his infant son. (Courtesy: The Leaf Chronicle)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

A former Fort Campbell soldier was sentenced Thursday for abusing his infant son, leaving him with serious injuries.

According to The Leaf Chronicle, 23-year-old Anthony James, Sr. was sentenced to the minimum sentence of 15 years in prison for hurting his 28-day-old son, Anthony James, Jr. or A. J.

He was found guilty in February of aggravated child abuse.

Authorities said on May 17, 2013, James grabbed his son by the shoulders and shook him to get him to stop crying.

During his trial, James said he bounced his baby on his knee without head support, but did not intentionally hurt him.

The baby suffered from bleeding around the brain, according to testimony by child abuse pediatrician Dr. Deborah Lowen.

He also had injuries to his neck, bruising on his jaw line, shoulders and on the side of his body.

Lowen also said A.J. has cerebral palsy and will not be able to function as a normal child.

James must serve 100 percent of his sentence before he is released.

*The Leaf Chronicle contributed to this story.

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