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June 15, 2014

Child abuser gets prison term

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A Lockport man will spend seven years in state prison after his guilty plea in a “shaken baby" case.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., rejected a request by Kenneth Lathrop Jr. to withdraw his plea to a single count of reckless assault of a child. The charge is commonly known as the "shaken baby charge."

Lathrop, 26, of Ruhlman Road, had faced charges of first-degree assault and two counts of reckless assault of a child. The victim is his son.

Lathrop's guilty plea was part of a deal with prosecutors and called for him to received the maximum sentence. Kloch also sentenced him to three years of post-release supervision. 

Niagara County Child Protective Services contacted the New York State Police in January 2013 to report that an infant was being treated at Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo for injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. That condition applies when a child suffers brain injury from being shaken violently.

Prosecutors said the child suffered permanent disabilities as a result of his brain injury.

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