man sentenced to 18 years in prison for harming his own child
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Barrett W. Brown admitted he severely injured his three-month-old
infant daughter and signed a plea agreement that saw him sentenced
to 18 years in prison, with five years suspended to reporting
The 24-year-old Napoleon man sat silent as Circuit Court Judge
Carl Taul read the sentence in court last Thursday, October 18.
When asked if he wanted to make a statement, Brown declined.
Ripley Countys Prosecuting Attorney Ric Hertel was satisfied
with the sentence, saying, I think the sentence is appropriate.
He noted that Indiana State Police Detective Pete Tressler also
agreed and had spent a lot of time on the case.
According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, charges of Battery of
a Child Causing Serious Bodily Injury were filed August 21, 2006,
after Browns infant daughter was taken to Decatur County
Memorial Hospital with multiple injuries. She was then transferred
to Rileys Childrens Hospital in Indianapolis where
doctors would find the child suffered from several injuries that
included broken bones, some in different stages of healing, as
well as an injury to the inside of her upper lip area.
Dr. Laskey, forensic pediatrician for the Clarion Health Group
said the infants leg injury was caused by a significant
amount of force. He said the other injures were consistent with
repeated episodes of inflicted trauma.
In the Probable Cause Affidavit, Brown admitted to police that
he became frustrated while changing the childs diaper and
grabbed her leg in an attempt to gain control. He also said he
was responsible for other injuries because he was too rough. He
told police he had been holding her mouth shut to keep her from
At the time, the prosecutor said the infant was in a cast from
her waist down.
Hertel explained part of the aggravating circumstances were that
Brown had done this type of thing before. He was convicted in
Jackson County in May of 2002 of the same crime, again to his
own child, a five-month-old son.
At the sentencing hearing, Brown admitted he was still on probation
for the charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, out of
Butler County, Ohio. He was advised by Judge Taul that his probation
on that charge was subject to be revoked when he entered the guilty
Further instruction from the judge was that Brown will receive
credit for the 428 days he has served in the Ripley County Jail,
and is to have no contact with the victim upon his release from
prison. He was also advised of all terms of probation that will
be in effect after his release.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Barrett Brown, left, was escorted from
his sentencing hearing in the Ripley County Circuit Court
last Thursday, October 18 by Jail Officer John Lewis.