Steven Williams, 28, was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison on felony counts of child endangering and felonious assault.
Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters said the nature of the girl’s injuries spurred him to hand down the maximum.
“This little girl had serious and permanent injuries,” Winters said. “(Some of which) she’ll live with for the rest of her life”
In a pre-sentence report, child abuse expert Dr. Randall Schlievert said the child will sustain lifelong injuries, although the extent and severity of the injuries remain to be seen.
“She will always have visual impairments,” Winters said. According to Schlievert, Williams shook his daughter so violently in February 2013 it caused her brain to swell and her eyes to bleed. The girl also suffered broken ribs.
A jury convicted Williams in January. “Someone picked this child up and shook her” Ottawa County assistant prosecutor Andrew Bigler said during the jury trial. “These were deliberate acts” Williams has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings.