Beaver Dam man sentenced to 8 years in prison for causing permanent brain injuries to baby
BEAVER DAM, Wis. — A 24-year-old Beaver Dam man will go to prison for eight years for charges connected with violently shaking a baby, according to a news relase from the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office.
Raymond D. Keyser was found guilty of physical abuse of a child, recklessly causing great bodily harm. Prosecutors said an 8-month old girl suffered injuries to her brain, eyes and neck consistent with being violently shaken.
Keyser had told authorities that the girl had fallen off a two-foot high bed on to a carpeted floor. During the three-day trial, a medical expert testified about the extent of the injury and the child’s mother recounted how the girl has continuing physical and cognitive problems. She has permanent brain damage and disability.
“A civilized society cannot tolerate violence leading to the severe irreparable harm to children,” Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomber said.
Judge Steven Bauer sentenced Keyser to eight years in prison and five additional years of extended supervision.
“The child in this case was totally helpless, an infant,” Bauer said. “We are dealing with brain injuries that are permanent, debilitating and life changing.”
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