PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - A 21-year-old Navy dad and his wife were sentenced Tuesday after their infant son was admitted to a hospital twice with suspicious injuries earlier this year.
Matthew and Allie Strawn appeared in Portsmouth Circuit Court where the father received a suspended five-year sentence for the unlawful wounding of his newborn son, according to Bill Prince with the Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Allie Strawn received a suspended six-month sentence for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Matthew Strawn was charged Feb. 1 for abusing his 11-day-old son while he was in the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. Investigators said the child was covered in bruises and had been bitten by his father.
March 4, Strawn faced another set of charges after hitting the child in the back in an attempt to burp him while his wife was at Wal-Mart. Allie Strawn returned and told him he was hitting the baby too hard, according to court documents, and the child started throwing up milk and blood.
When the baby was taken to Naval Medical Center, doctors found out he had a broken rib.
On August 20, Matthew Strawn was convicted of unlawful wounding, but was found not guilty for a charge of child abuse. Allie Strawn pled guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but a felony child abuse charge against her was dropped.
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