The man convicted of brutally beating a one year old last December will spend at least 15 years behind bars.
It was an emotional sentencing as Matthew Wylie learned his fate. A judge said he could not ignore the serious nature of the crime and how severely the young victim was injured. That's why the judge sentenced Wylie to 30-40 years in prison. The 26-year-old will be eligible for parole in 15 years.
In court, Wylie's lawyer said he was sorry and could still turn his life around, but the prosecution pointed out this was Wylie's second child abuse conviction.
Wylie was on parole for cutting an infants tongue when he attacked his girlfriend's one-year-old in December.
Court documents show Wylie was taking care of the boy and told officers he fell off a counter and hit his head. Doctors said the injuries were too severe for that and believed Wylie beat the boy who suffered a cracked skull and bleeding on the brain. Doctors also found older injuries.
The boy's mother, Kayla Jurgensen, initially lied to doctors about the incident, trying to protect Wylie. But, as the investigation progressed, she admitted seeing Wylie hurt her son several times before.
10/11 News spoke with Jurgensen after the sentencing. Through tears she said the punishment wasn't enough. She never wanted him to get out because he almost killed her son.
The boy lives with a foster family now, but officials say he may never fully recover.
Jurgensen has her own court date coming up for her role in the boy's abuse.