Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Father Sentenced for Shaking Baby to Death

Adams/Broomfield Counties District Attorney Don Quick announced today that Justin Michael Taylor (dob: 1/07/87) was sentenced for the death of his six month old son.

On February 2, 2009, Julian Adams-Lacas (dob: 7/13/08), a special needs child born with a bilateral cleft palate, suffered a severe head injury while in the care of his father, Justin Taylor. Taylor initially blamed the victim’s 18-month old sister for the head injuries, asserting that she had run into her brother and dropped a book on his head. Taylor later stated he dropped the child before eventually admitting to having thrown the child to the ground. The baby died 3 days later.

The six month old victim sustained retinal, neck and thoracic hemorrhage and subdural hemorrhage with edema, indicating that Julian’s injuries were caused by shaking, or shaking and impact.

Taylor was found guilty of Child Abuse Resulting in Death (F2) on June 23, 2010 by an Adams County jury.

District Attorney Don Quick states, “There is never an excuse to do this to a baby. Unfortunately, it is an all too common and tragic occurrence.”

Taylor was sentenced to 48 years in the Department of Corrections by Adams County District Court Judge John Bryan.

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