A Texas man who brutally beat his 4-month-old son to death is headed to prison for nearly a century. And that might just be the beginning.
Terrance Harper, of San Antonio, Texas, was sentenced to 99 years in jail for the killing of a small child named Trace, who died in 2018 as a result of abuse, according to KSAT.
Harper was given the maximum sentence for such a crime.
The boy's mother told KSAT that doctors at University Hospital revealed that the child had severe trauma, including retinal hemorrhaging, bleeding in the brain, a cracked skull, traumatic brain injury and rib fractures.
“He had a stroke, so the left side of his body was completely paralyzed. He had a face droop. He has cortical visual impairment, so he’s legally blind. He now has cerebral palsy because of his TBI,” the boy’s mother, Taylor Hibbens, told the outlet.
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Harper could wind up with more prison time, as police reopened a 2012 child death case in which an infant died while in the care of him. KTSA reported that Harper will stand trial for capital murder in that case.
KTSA reported that in the 2012 case Harper is accused of striking the infant with an unknown object, shaking him and throwing him against a wall and the floor.
According to Fox San Antonio, an affidavit states that Harper told Hibbens that Trace's injuries were caused by a dog.
Hibbens told KSAT that she was unaware of the 2012 incident. “I feel like this could have been preventable,” Hlbbens said. “Two innocent 4-month-olds, that’s crazy."
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