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Father Gets 20 Years in Prison for Severely Injuring Five-Month-Old

Archie Jerrell Isom of Lithia Springs received a 30-year sentence by Superior Court Judge David T. Emerson after entering a guilty plea to two counts of aggravated battery.

A 24-year-old father will spend 20 years in prison after being sentenced on child abuse charges for shaking his five-month-old son so hard that it caused brain swelling, bleeding of blood vessels in the eyes and blindness, according to Douglas County District Attorney David McDade in a press release. 

Archie Jerrell Isom of Lithia Springs received a 30-year sentence by Superior Court Judge David T. Emerson after entering a guilty plea to two counts of aggravated battery. After being released from prison, Isom will be required to serve the final 10 years of his sentence on probation. He is required to have no contact with the child and the child’s mother.

Assistant District Attorney Bonnie Smith told the court that the injuries suffered by the baby on Dec. 31, 2010, were consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome, a medical term used for the internal head injuries a baby or young child sustains while being violently shaken. The injuries, Smith said, occurred while the baby was in the sole care of Isom, who was watching the child while the mother was at work.  

“Sometime during the mother’s lunch break she received a call from the defendant, who informed her something was wrong with the baby,” said Smith. “The defendant said he could not wake their son up and that something was wrong with the child’s body…She instructed him to hang up the phone and call 911 and she rushed home to see what happened.”

As the mother drove towards the couple’s residence, an ambulance carrying her unconscious five-month-old son was rushing away from the apartment complex towards WellStar Douglas Hospital.

“A doctor immediately noted retinal hemorrhages on the baby, a key sign of a child who has been shaken,” said Smith. “Doctors knew the baby was seriously injured and had him life-flighted to Scottish-Rite, which likely saved his life.”  

When the child arrived at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital, a team of doctors also determined the injuries were consistent with him being shaken.

Smith pointed out that Isom remained silent, even amongst the chaos and uncertainty. “The mother had to sit by the side of her five-month-old child, wondering if he was going to come out of his coma, and yet the defendant said nothing.”

Isom finally broke his silence, telling authorities the child fell off a bed while the defendant was washing dishes in another room. After doctors determined his story did not match up with his son’s injuries, Isom changed his story again. This time he told authorities he tripped over a cat while carrying the baby. The accident, according to Isom, caused the child to fall and bump his head on the ground. Doctors determined that story was not consistent with the physical injuries sustained by the baby.  

John Barker January 30, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Chris your comment has been deleted because of profanity.
Chrystan January 30, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Mad wife, how could you have graduated top of your class when you can't possibly know what punctuation marks are?
jessie lopez January 31, 2013 at 03:59 AM
I believe he did it. Cuz why would he change his story when they asked him what happen obviously hes lying. It happen when the baby was in his care. And when ur not guilty u only have one story and you stick to that story. Thats one lame ass excuse tripping over a damn cat. Ive fall down two stairs leaving my house with my baby in my arms and diaper bag on my shoulder I landed on my knees messed up my leg and my baby did not fall out of my arms. So how can he tripp over a cat drop his baby and caused swelling in the brain blood clots behind the eyes and blindness. Uuumm!! Yeah right. He abused this poor baby and I truly honestly hope he dies in prison. Anyone that does harm to any child has no rights to be free and walk da streets like nothing happen.
Corinna carlson October 09, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Shaken baby syndrome is a theory taken as fact. Idk why he changed his story around but what I do know is that the doctors at Scottish Rite are liers and rush to the default diagnosis of SBS for every child with hemotomas and maybe retinal hemorrhage. Vaccines, yes, vaccines can cause blood clots to form and then those clots can cause ruptures in blood vessels in the brain and sometimes eyes due to the vessels being the most delicate in the body. He may have said he wasn't talked into a guilty plea, but I but that's not true; he was told to lie about that cuz after all, we don't want to make the state look crooked...
Corinna carlson October 09, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Idk who madwife is but by the sounds of it she dosent know much about anything either. To the mother, continue to trust your intuition in that he didn't do this. And to everyone else, don't think you know the truth when you don't even know the details and the people involved. Doctors, attorneys, and others have their biases and make false jugements based on these biases. The truth gets twisted and sometimes outright removed. Question everything.

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