Guilty plea in abuse of 3-month-old

The Marietta father who broke two limbs and ribs of his 3-month-old baby last summer pleaded guilty to felonious assault Monday.

Kyle Williams, 20, formerly of 1101 Cisler Lane, faces up to eight years in prison for the assault which last August left his son with a broken arm, leg and ribs, plus bruising and a children’s hospital stay.

“Do you understand that the maximum sentence could be up to eight years in prison, there is no agreed disposition in this case?” asked Washington County Common Pleas Judge Randall Burnworth Monday. “Do you understand that when you are released from prison, which may be exceptionally lengthy in this case, you will be subject to post-release control?”

“Yes, sir,” responded Williams.

Williams was originally charged with three counts of felonious assault, two counts of child endangering–all five second-degree felonies–and one count of misdemeanor domestic violence.

“While his wife was sleeping, in a fit of anger rage he beat upon this infant,” described Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin.

Williams and his attorney George Cosenza took issue with Derkin’s characterization of the Aug. 29, 2017 assault.

“It was not an anger rage but yes, I did do that,” said Williams.

Derkin said Williams’ son and ex-wife are living separately from him now though the full impact on the child remains to be seen.

“He’s a chunky baby now but you’ll not know until he’s older how it affects his arm, if he’ll ever be able to throw a football, for example,” said Derkin.

Regardless of Williams’ motivation for beating his child, Burnworth dismissed the other five counts against him.

“But the court wouldn’t have run those felonies consecutively even if he did get the max,” said Derkin. “So this plea for the one assault still covers all three broken bones.”

Williams will be sentenced following a pre-sentence investigation and report at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 22.

Burnworth continued Williams’ personal recognizance bond pending his attendance to both the investigation meeting and his sentencing hearing.

What’s next:

¯ Kyle Williams, 20, formerly of 1101 Cisler Lane, faces up to eight years in prison for an assault last August that left his son with a broken arm, leg and ribs, plus bruising.

¯ He pleaded guilty to felonious assault, a second-degree felony, on Monday.

¯ He is ordered to appear for a pre-sentence investigation on Sept. 4.

¯ That report is due to Washington County Common Pleas Judge Randall Burnworth in October prior to the sentencing hearing at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 22.

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