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August 25, 2013

Man convicted in child abuse case

Randy Mitchell Special Correspondent
The Ada News

Ada — An Ada man charged with abusing an infant was convicted in Pontotoc County District Court Thursday.

Timothy J. Hill, 45, Ada, was convicted by a jury in a case where an infant suffered permanent injuries. The jury found Hill not guilty of child abuse by injury, but found him guilty of child abuse by failure to protect and child neglect. The jury recommended Hill  be sentenced to 35 years on each count. It will be up to District Judge Tom Landrith to decide the sentences, and whether they will run concurrently or consecutively.

According to a court affidavit, the infant was taken to a local hospital in June 2012 because it was “not acting right.”

“The child was then transferred to Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City where it was found to have aging as well as acute injuries,” Ada detective Destry Musgrove said in the affidavit.

Musgrove said the baby suffered “physical abuse, head trauma, fractured tibia, fractured ribs, soft tissue swelling on the right side of the brain and retinal hemorrhaging.

“I think the jury looked at the evidence and made a decision,” Assistant District Attorney John Hubbard said after the verdict,“and I agree with the jury’s decision.”

Hubbard said experts believe the baby suffered permanent brain injury, but due to the infant’s age, the severity is unknown at this time. The mother of the infant, Staci Lorraine Lewis, 22, Ada, also charged with child abuse and neglect, entered into a plea deal in July and was sentenced to 14 years in prison with all but seven suspended, Hubbard said.