May 23 2011
NEW YORK — A man who repeatedly shook and punched his crying baby faces a prison sentence for manslaughter.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced a plea Monday by Saul Cortez.
Eight-month-old Mario was diagnosed with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Among other things, tests found the little boy suffered from brain injury, a lacerated liver, and rib fractures.
At the time of the fatal incident, on April 5, Cortez also had responsibility for his 2-year-old daughter.
State Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Butcher indicated that he would sentence Cortez to 18 years in prison on June 6.
Cortez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault.