A Collinsville man will serve 30 years in prison for shaking and beating a 14-month-old child.
Steven A. Williams, 30, was sentenced Friday by Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp.
According to a news release from State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons’ office, police and paramedics responded to a report of an infant who was not breathing on Feb. 23, 2016, in the 100 block of Idlerun. Paramedics performed CPR at the scene and resuscitated the child.
The infant was taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville and then transferred to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis for further treatment.
Medical personnel found injuries that were consistent with “severe child abuse,” the news release states.
Police determined that the infant had been left in Williams’ care for less than 30 minutes before being reported unresponsive.
Williams was convicted on five counts of aggravated battery to child, a Class X felony, on Sept. 22 after a three-day trial. Jurors deliberated for almost three hours before returning a guilty verdict.
He was sentenced to six years on each of the five charges and will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence.
“We will never rest in our pursuit of justice for children,” Gibbons stated in the release. “Hopefully, this jury verdict and lengthy prison sentence will send a loud and clear message that the people of Madison County will not tolerate violence against children, and abusers will be severely punished.”