MADISON — A new father who shook his 2-week-old girl out of frustration because she wouldn’t stop crying has already spent more than six months in jail.
He won’t face additional jail time on his felony child abuse charge but must complete 18 months of probation under his sentence given by Judge Mark Johnson in Madison County district court here Thursday morning.
Justin Gore, 22, admitted to shaking his daughter after he had been up for long hours and she wouldn’t stop crying, according to a police report.
The girl had been taken to the hospital for vomiting and diarrhea last September. Two subsequent doctor’s exams revealed bruising on her body. A CAT scan revealed a subdural bleed on the right side of her head which would be consistent with being shaken or struck.
She was only 19 days old.
Madison County deputy attorney Joe Hurd classified the abuse as especially egregious because of her age — with no ability to speak out against the abuse or defend herself.
Gore’s lawyer, Kyle Melia of the Madison County public defender’s office, said Gore was overwhelmed as a new father.
“He didn’t know how to properly respond to a child he needed to nurture,” he said.
There appears to be no lasting injuries to the girl, he said.
Gore said he hopes one day his family will forgive his actions.
“I’m ashamed of myself for it. I wish I could go back and change it,” he said.
Johnson noted Gore’s lack of criminal history in making his ruling but also stressed that the crime was violent.
“You were very lucky nothing more serious happened,” he told Gore.
As part of Gore’s probation, he is required to take anger management and parenting classes.
In a separate case Thursday, Johnson revoked probation for Aaron C. Wilson, 17, who was originally charged with criminal mischief for damaging freshly-poured sidewalk cement at 916 Woodhurst Drive last July.
According to a police report, there were footprints, handprints and his initials in the cement with a damage estimate close to $3,000.
Wilson had been on probation for less than a month when he tested positive for marijuana.
Johnson sentenced him to 364 days in jail and Wilson was given credit for 89 days.