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Norman Man Sentenced To Prison For Injuring Toddler
Updated September 6, 2017 8:04 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - A Norman man was sentenced to 16 years after he was found guilty of injuring a toddler.

Superior Court II Judge Williams Sleva sentenced 25-year-old Chris Hawkins last week to 16 years in prison with one years suspended.

Hawkins was arrested in July 2015 on charges of battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age. The victim, an 18-month-old boy, who was treated at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis for trauma to his head and retinal bleeding. Indiana State Police detectives say the boy had both new and old bruising.

Hawkins says the child was injured after tripping over a vacuum cleaner. However the doctor that treated the toddler says the child's injuries included retinal hemorrhages, multiple bruises to his face, forearm and the area above his penis. The doctor described the injuries at "characteristic of severe physical abuse with abusive head trauma."

Defense attorney David Shircliff said Hawkins will appeal the conviction.

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