A Florida father was sentenced to prison this week for failing to properly care for his four-month-old son, who suffered serious injuries and was nutritionally neglected.
Terrell Hadden, 28, of Delray Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty April 10 to child endangering, a third-degree felony. The charge carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.
Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty sentenced Hadden Wednesday to two years in prison.
The boy’s mother, Cristina Auberry, 24, of Akron, also pleaded guilty to child endangering. She will be sentenced June 26.
Auberry brought her son to Akron Children’s Hospital on Jan. 31, 2018, for swelling and irritation around his eye. A doctor determined the boy had 10 fractured ribs, a right clavicle fracture, a cervical neck fracture and a liver laceration, and that he was failing to thrive because of nutritional neglect. The neck fracture was so severe it is referred to as a “hangman’s fracture.” The doctor concluded the boy had been abused, court officials said.
Neither Auberry nor Hadden admitted to harming the boy. Both were arrested.
During Hadden’s sentencing, McCarty highlighted the importance of parents protecting and caring for their children. Though the person responsible couldn’t be determined, she said prison time was necessary because of the extent of the boy’s injuries.