Man sentenced to 5 years in jail for injuring 7-month-old

James Johnson
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) A man from Madison will spend the next 5 years in jail, followed by 5 years extended supervision, after admitting he seriously injured his 7-month-old son.

On Wednesday, April 4th, officers responded to an apartment on Northport Drive just before 3 a.m. and found a woman in distress with a severely injured 7-month-old child that was having a seizure. The woman said she left the child with the father, James Johnson, while she was at work.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman noticed bruises to the child’s face and that his head did not feel right. The mother confirmed to police that the child did not have these injuries when she left for work.

The 7-month-old child was taken to the hospital and medical records indicate that the child had two skull fractures, subdural bleeding, head swelling, facial bruising, eye bruising and a large bite mark on his cheek. It also appeared that these injuries were not accidental.

During an interview with the father who was taking care of the child, James Johnson, he initially stated that he had “accidentally dropped the baby in the hallway outside the bathroom and accidentally sunk his teeth into the baby when he was hugging him.”

Johnson continued to say he was getting frustrated because the baby would not stop crying. The criminal complaint said Johnson the baby wouldn’t take a pacifier or a bottle so he accidentally threw the bottle at the baby’s mouth. He then “tossed him on the bed and he hit the wall.”

When an officer asked Johnson what made him so angry, he said, “He (the baby) is more attached to his mom than he is to me….” Johnson continued to say that he hit the baby in the stomach with his fists more than one time and he “probably hit him in the mouth with his fists too.” Johnson also hit the baby in the head and when asked if he shook the baby at all, he said he would never do that.

Johnson pleaded guilty to charges of 1st Degree Reckless Injury on January 24, 2019.