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June 16, 2014

Lockport man sentenced to maximum in shaken baby case

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — 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. 

His guilty plea was part of a deal with prosecutors and called for him to received the maximum sentence.

In addition to the seven-year prison term, Kloch also sentenced Lathrop to three years of post release supervision. 

New York State Police troopers said they were contacted by Niagara County Child Protective Services, in January 2013, and told that a child, less than a year old, was being treated at Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo for injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. That condition applies to when a child suffers brain injuries from being shaken violently.

Lathrop was caring for the child at the time the injuries were suffered, troopers said. 

Information about the relationship between Lathrop and the child was not disclosed.

Prosecutors said the victim has suffered permanent disabilities as a result of his brain injuries.

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