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Father gets 15 to life for fatal shaking of New Year's baby

Posted by on Mar. 13, 2009 at 5:51 PM
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 Is 15yrs long enough?

  • Ohio man pleads guilty to murder, endangering children
  • Craig Wilson confessed to shaking baby after argument with wife
  • Autopsy suggested 10-week-old infant had been abused before
  • (CNN) -- The father of a New Year's Day baby pleaded guilty Thursday to killing the infant by violently shaking him.

    Camryn Jakeb Wilson was the first baby born in 2008 in Summit County, Ohio, arriving at 12:33 a.m. January 1.

    Camryn Jakeb Wilson was the first baby born in 2008 in Summit County, Ohio, arriving at 12:33 a.m. January 1.

    Craig Wilson's guilty plea in Akron, Ohio, to murder and child endangering charges ended a yearlong saga surrounding the death of Camryn Jakeb Wilson, the first baby born in Summit County, Ohio, in 2008.

    "This type of crime is always difficult to understand, but today I do hope that Camryn's mother has some closure and that today is one step toward healing," Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said.

    Camryn's mother, Crystal Wilson, had left the 10-week-old infant in his father's care on March 12, 2008, while she attended a meeting.

    When she returned to their Cuyahoga Falls home she found Camryn in a baby swing, listless and breathing abnormally while her husband of 10 months sat on a couch.

    Doctors at Akron Children's Hospital quickly determined that Camryn had suffered traumatic brain injuries and bleeding in his eyes that could only have been caused by violent shaking. Learn about shaken baby syndrome »

    Camryn died in his mother's arms, surrounded by other family members, on March 25, 2008, shortly after being removed from life support.

    Craig Wilson, 29, confessed to police that he was frustrated after an argument with his wife over his ex-girlfriend and a child he had with her. He shook and squeezed Camryn before laying him in the swing but hadn't intended to hurt the infant, he told police.

    The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome estimates that as many as 1,400 babies annually are injured or killed by shaking.

    Despite the confession, the case dragged on for a year after an autopsy showed Camryn had suffered broken ribs prior to the fatal shaking. The finding raised the possibility that another person had previously abused Camryn and perhaps contributed to his death, said Jonathan T. Sinn, Craig Wilson's defense attorney. Photo See photos of the family »

    Craig Wilson's trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

    Sinn had hoped to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors that would send Craig Wilson to prison for a flat 20-year term, but in the end, prosecutors wouldn't budge.

    "From the moment my client was arrested, he took responsibility for his actions and for the killing of his child," Sinn said. "From a human perspective, that's very admirable. From a defense perspective, it makes it difficult to mount a defense when somebody acknowledges completely their guilt."

    Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Wilson to 15 years to life. He is unlikely to be paroled in less than 20 years, Sinn said.

     

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    poudmomof2
    by on Mar. 13, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    15 years is absolutely 100% NOT LONG ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!! That poor innocent baby is dead by his hands. He is at complete fault and deserves life in prison without parole and should have to look at photos of that poor baby every day and go to church every day to confess his sin and ask for the forgiveness he should never ever be given. nuf said.

    LoriAnn87
    by Bronze Member on Mar. 13, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    No that isn't a enough, that man killed innocent baby he should have gotten death or life in prison without any parloe. 

    ColtsFan1912
    by Bronze Member on Mar. 13, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    That poor innocent beautiful baby.

    & 15 years is not even close to being enough

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    ShadowRaven
    by Bronze Member on Mar. 14, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    I think there should be a standard sentence of natural life with no parole in cases like this. A sentence of 15, 20,10 years isn't right. Even a life sentence isn't "life". It's usually 20-25 years and if the prisoner is still alive after that, they get a parole hearing. A NATURAL LIFE sentence means you're in there until you're dead. You take away an innocent child's life, you get your life taken away in exchange. Plain and simple.

    plm280
    by on Mar. 14, 2009 at 9:25 AM

     

    15 years is not long enough, nothing can bring back that precious baby.

    I'm the mom to a miracle boy born at 28 weeks.

    I hate stories like this.

    What I think would be justice doesn't even matter, one day he will answer to God and that will be justice enough.

     

    tiffe88
    by on Mar. 14, 2009 at 9:31 AM


    Quoting ShadowRaven:

    I think there should be a standard sentence of natural life with no parole in cases like this. A sentence of 15, 20,10 years isn't right. Even a life sentence isn't "life". It's usually 20-25 years and if the prisoner is still alive after that, they get a parole hearing. A NATURAL LIFE sentence means you're in there until you're dead. You take away an innocent child's life, you get your life taken away in exchange. Plain and simple.


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    luchousdiva
    by Member on Mar. 14, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    The sentence never fits the crime when it comes to children.  That is what makes it so sad. 

    morningdove831
    by on Mar. 14, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    The sentence is absolutely NOT long enough.  But in this day and age, most sentences aren't stiff enough. 

        

    cmarielin
    by on Mar. 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Oh my God - I actually cried for this poor baby when I read this. 

    As for this piece of $&!#!!!!! man!!!

    You know, I have ZERO sympathy for a grown man or woman who hurts or kills a baby.  ZERO.  There's no such thing as a sentence long enough for him.  There's no such thing as pusishment too cruel or unusual for him. 

    And.....I don't care what his lawyer said, there is nothing he can ever possibly do that I would ever consider admirable.  Hec - after killing an infant, he could find the cure for cancer and I'd still be happy if the man killed himself. 

    Just my honest and angry opinion....

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    "From the moment my client was arrested, he took responsibility for his actions and for the killing of his child," Sinn said. "From a human perspective, that's very admirable. From a defense perspective, it makes it difficult to mount a defense when somebody acknowledges completely their guilt."

     

    Wyldbutterfly
    by Bronze Member on Mar. 14, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Baby Camryn is in Gods loving arms where he will hurt or suffer no more.

    No 15 years is not nearly long enough of a sentence for any murderer.

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