LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A Livingston County Grand Jury indicted a Springwater man on felony charges for allegedly throwing his baby into a wall.
Matthew Sackett, 22, stood still and silent at the defense table as he heard his seven criminal charges read aloud in Livingston County Court: felony Assault in the First Degree, two counts of Felony Assault in the Second Degree, felony Reckless Assault of a Child, misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child and two counts of misdemeanor Making a Punishable False Written Statement.
“The defendant assaulted a 5-month-old,” said Assistant District Attorney Justin Hill, who is prosecuting the case. “The baby suffered a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and subdural hematoma. The baby’s long-term prognosis is not clear and won’t be for some time.”
Hill and Sackett’s attorney, Hayden Dadd, argued before Judge Dennis Cohen for and against an order of protection for the mother of the child, which would prohibit Sackett from having any contact with her.
“If the prosecutor’s office’s intent with the order of protection is to prevent my client from talking to potential witnesses, then there should be orders of protection for several people who were there that day, including the baby’s maternal grandmother and my client’s aunt I think the prosecutor’s office is just trying to prevent my client from having contact with the co-parent.”
Judge Cohen issued an order of protection. Cohen said on the record that the order will be that Sackett ‘shall not encourage or be involved in any manner in third party contact with the mom.’
“Basically, you can have contact with her,” said Cohen to Sackett, “but you can’t have someone else contact her on your behalf.”
Hill said that he strongly objects to that order.
“My objection would be that she’s a necessary witness and he could talk to her about this case,” said Hill.
Sackett is held at the Livingston County Jail on $50,000 cash or $150,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear again in County Court at a later date.