ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Corinth man convicted last week of injuring his 5-week-old son was sentenced Friday in Hancock County Superior Court to serve a year behind bars.
Nicholas W. Taylor, 30, was accused of roughly handling the infant in 2002, when he and the baby’s mother were living with their two sons in Winter Harbor. The infant suffered a broken rib, bleeding in his eyes, and seizures as a result of the assault, police have said.
Taylor received an overall sentence of two and a half years with all but one year suspended. He also will have to serve four years of probation upon his release, during which he has to receive counseling and attend anger-management classes.
Justice Kevin Cuddy also ruled that, during his probation, Taylor is not to be in the presence of chlidren younger than 5 years of age in “confined spaces” the judge described as places such as houses or cars.
Taylor tearfully told Cuddy during the sentencing that he never meant to hurt his son, who is now 6 years old. Taylor said physical injuries from a car accident he was in were to blame for the way he handled the infant.
“I never dismissed that an injury happened to my son,” Taylor said. “I was never angry or out of control when the injuries happened. It was just the way my body reacted to a car accident.”
Apologizing to the judge, Taylor cut himself short as his voice strained with emotion.
The boy’s mother, Rachel Dragon, said after the sentencing that she felt Taylor should have gotten more time behind bars. Two years would have been more appropriate, she said, because that is how long their young son spent in physical therapy after he was hurt. The boy is believed to have recovered from his injuries.
“I’m not very impressed with the verdict,” she said. “It’s by the grace of God that he recovered the way he did. I just want to move on with my life.”