LIVINGSTON COUNTY — A disturbing case will now come to a close as vile Brock Hyde admitted to dropping and slamming a 2-month-old child.
With the guilty plea Hyde will now face a potential sentence between 5 and 14 years for felony Assault in the Second Degree and Reckless Assault of a Child.
“He brutally assaulted a defenseless 11-week-old and should serve the maximum sentence allowable,” said Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey. “To injure a young child like that is the most heinous thing a person can do.”
The child suffered retinal hemorrhaging and fractured several ribs. According to McCaffrey, as of now the child is doing okay; however, with a brain injury it is still not known if there will be long-term damage.
“I dropped him,” Hyde muttered during colloquy. “When I dropped him I slammed him against the couch.”
Hyde also admitted that he was under the influence of suboxone at the time he injured the baby boy.
Hyde’s trial was set to start tomorrow morning, and with the guilty plea he avoids a potential persistent felon sentence.
Hyde will be back in the courtroom along with his defense attorney, Michael Stivers in August for sentencing. With the guilty plea there is an agreed cap at 7-years for each count, which would be served consecutively. The minimum is 5-years.