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'Unbearable Loss': Idaho Man Shook His 4-Month-Old Son, Slammed Him Down Face-First in Crib, Killing Him

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Source: Ada County Sheriff's Office; Unsplash

May 28 2023, Published 10:40 a.m. ET

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An Idaho man accused of shaking and dropping his 4-month-old son will now spend the rest of his life behind bars for murder.

On June 20, 2020, Thomas Rowley, 25, severely shook his boy, Milo, and then dropped him face-first into his crib, according to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He then reportedly waited more than four hours to call for help.

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Once help arrived, the infant was transported to a local hospital, where he died from a fatal brain injury.

The Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said, "Though this shaking incident caused Milo’s death, it was determined Mr. Rowley hit and shook Milo on several occasions prior to his death."

In March 2023, a jury convicted Rowley of first-degree murder.


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On May 22, Ada County District Judge James Cawthorn sentenced Rowley to life with at least 25 years in prison before being eligible for parole, officials said.

Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts said “no sentence handed down today can ease the unbearable loss to Milo’s family” and she extended her “sincerest condolences to Milo’s mother and family.”


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