Thursday, 14 April 2011

SBS: Virginia: Paul Sanlan Farthing Jr pleads guilty to 2nd degree manslaughter

April 10, 2011
BEREA — A Richmond man charged with murdering his infant daughter pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.
Paul Sanlan Farthing Jr. of Richmond entered the plea Thursday in Madison Circuit Court. The recommended sentence is 10 years, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith.
Farthing was arrested April 14, 2010, after his 3-month-old daughter, Rylee Jean Campbell, died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, from what doctors there said was shaken baby syndrome. She had been in the care of her father prior to her injuries.
Farthing’s family told the Register the baby’s injuries had been accidental, saying the infant had slipped into the water while Farthing was giving her a bath, and when he grabbed her, he accidentally hit her head on the faucet.
But the baby’s maternal grandmother often disputed those claims in talks with the Register.
The indictment accused Farthing of causing the baby “to suffer traumatic brain injuries which resulted in her death.”
Sentencing is scheduled for May 12.

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