David Michael Stokes was “super nervous” as he addressed the Circuit Judge Robert Hodges. He entered the court room with the intent to enter a “best interest” plea of guilty to one felony count of aggravated child abuse. Normally, this charge would result in 30 years behind bars-but his plea agreement changed that. Instead the 23-year-old was sentenced to serve a little of 6.5 years in prison. He will also pay a fine of $1,000 and other various costs.
Child Abuse in 2013
In March of 2013 Stokes allegedly harmed his girlfriend’s daughter. The young girl was almost 2 years old at the time of the incident. The child received severe beatings to the face and head. There were signs of possible skull fractures. Stoker beat the child with an object, and there were shoe marks on the child’s face. Assistant State Attorney Kristi Van Vleet stated “you can actually see the stitching of the shoe on the child’s face.”
According to reports, the toddler’s mother returned home to find a panicking Stokes. He was carrying her daughter and rambling, explaining he did not know what happened. He explained the child was throwing a temper tantrum and then suddenly went quite. She then acted quite abnormally.
The child was able to make a full recovery after being take to the UF Heal Shands Hospital.
Child Abuse in Arizona
According to A.R.S. 13-3623 it is illegal to abuse any child. A child is defined as any individual under the age of 18. Should a person intentionally allow or cause physical injury to a child they could be charged with a felony crime.
Family Law Attorney
If you or your loved ones are a victim of child abuse, it is important to get help immediately. The family law attorneys at JacksonWhite can offer the legal guidance you need. Timothy Durkin is ready and can offer the guidance and comfort you need for this serious situation. Contact JacksonWhite today at 480-779-7972.