Illinois man sentenced for throwing, shaking baby causing permanent disability

BATAVIA, Ill. (WREX) — An infant will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life because after a Kane County man threw the baby and shook him.

Anthony B. Briden, 24, was sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated battery to a child causing permanent disability and aggravated domestic battery.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office says on March 5, 2016 around 2:30 a.m. the baby woke up hungry. Briden grabbed the baby by his right ankle and swung him onto the bed, breaking the baby’s leg.

A few days later, on March 8, Briden was alone with the baby and another child when the baby started crying. Briden placed the baby on his knee and grabbed his arms by his shoulders and shook the baby.

Four hours later, officials say the baby started seizing. The mother took the baby to the hospital where doctors said the baby suffered a severe brain injury and broken ribs.

As a result of the injuries, the victim cannot speak, see, walk or eat on his own and will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life.

Briden admitted what he did to police, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

Briden must register for life as a violent offender against youth in accordance with the Illinois Murderer and Violence Offender Against Youth Registration Act.

Briden must serve at least 85 percent of his 13-year sentence.

Batavia is 74 miles southeast of Rockford.

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