2010-05-20 / Local & State

Western Pa. Man Gets 12-45 Years In Baby Beating

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man will spend 12 to 45 years in prison for beating his wife and newborn son, who is now permanently mentally disabled and on a feeding tube.

Twenty-three-year-old John Nerone was sentenced Thursday after reading a 25- minute statement in Cambria County court, proclaiming his innocence. Nerone blames the beating on his wife, who is divorcing him and who told Judge Normal Krumenacker she continues to have night terrors and flashbacks from the abuse.

Prosecutors say Nerone fractured the skull, broke the ribs and tore blood vessels in the brain of his 9-week-old son in the spring of 2009. But evidence showed the boy likely had other injuries likely inflicted when he was just three weeks old.

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