Hastings man gets three years in prison for causing son's brain damage

Published: Apr. 18, 2018 at 6:27 AM CDT
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A Hastings man whose seven-month-old son may have permanent brain damage as a result of child abuse will get three years in prison.

Angel Gutierrez-Huerta, 26, had originally been charged with felony Intentional Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. In September, an Adams County jury convicted Gutierrez-Huerta on the lesser charge of Negligent Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Injury.

Hastings Police say Gutierrez-Huerta took the baby to the emergency room at Mary Lanning Healthcare on Feb. 5, 2018. Doctors there and others later at an Omaha hospital found bleeding around the little boy's swelling brain and bleeding behind both eyes. A court document indicated doctors found a skull fracture and a spinal cord injury. Doctors also said the baby is likely to have permanent brain damage.

In October, a judge sentenced Gutierrez-Huerta to three years in prison and 12 months probation. He was credited for 18 months he had already served in jail.