BANGOR, Maine — The Carmel man who admitted assaulting a 16-month-old girl in January while she was confined to a car seat in a vehicle parked at St. Joseph Hospital was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to four years in prison with all but 18 months suspended.
Scott Peavey, 30, pleaded guilty March 7 to assault on a child under the age of 6, a Class C crime, which is punishable by up to five years behind bars and a fine of up to $5,000. Under Peavey’s plea agreement, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, and defense attorney, Stephen Smith of Bangor, jointly recommended the sentence imposed.
“I apologize for my actions to the family,” Peavey told the judge. “I am hoping that I will get the help I need so I can become a better person.”
Superior Court Justice Kevin Cuddy also sentenced Peavey to two years of probation. Conditions include no use of alcohol or drugs and testing and counseling for their use. He also is forbidden from having contact with the victim, who is the daughter of his girlfriend.
A witness saw Peavey hitting the girl in a car at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor and told a security guard at the facility located between Broadway and Center Street. The witness said Peavey backhanded the toddler at least a half a dozen times, Roberts told Cuddy. The girl suffered a black eye, black and blue ear and fat lip, according to court documents.
Peavey was arrested at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he and the child’s mother, who has not been charged, had taken the girl for treatment, according to previously published reports.
Police described Peavey and the child’s mother as intoxicated, according to a previously published report. The child was treated and then released, but the treating physician described the child’s injuries as “abusive.”
The victim’s grandmother, Frances McAlpine, 48, of Hudson, urged Cuddy to impose a longer sentence. She said that the child was so traumatized after the event that she would not let any other family members hold her except McAlpine.
Information about where the child now is living was not available Tuesday. Roberts said in January that the Department of Health and Human Services had been informed of the abuse.
Cuddy ordered that Peavey begin serving his sentence immediately. Peavey had asked to remain free one more week because his father is hospitalized.
Peavey, a registered sex offender, had been free on bail since the end of January, according to a previously published report.