By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON -- A jury took about two hours Thursday to find a 23-year-old Killeen man guilty of seriously injuring a 3-month-old child.
Andrew James Adkison could face up to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree felony injury to a child. A jury consisting of eight men and four women will sentence him today.
Adkison initially denied causing the numerous injuries doctors found while examining the infant Jan. 3, 2011. He later admitted to, among other things, strangling the baby girl with a toy ring in order to make her pass out.
Dr. David Hardy from Scott & White Hospital testified that the child needed assistance breathing because of serious brain injuries. The child suffered a subdural hematoma as well as a fractured skull. Hardy also found evidence of past abuse. The child had three fractured ribs that were all at different states of healing.
He testified that those injuries were similar to what he would see if the child had been run over by a car and survived. One of the fractures was more than a month old.
Adkison is of no relation to the child, but served as a caregiver to her at the time of the incident. Bell County prosecutor Leslie McWilliams said the child's mother was at work when the injuries occurred.
When she returned, the child was in apparent distress, suffering from seizures.
An arrest affidavit states Adkison abused the infant because he said he was frustrated with the lack of help the child's mother provided in caring for the child.
In a written statement to police, Adkison wrote that he pushed the child, causing her to strike her crib.
When the child would not go to sleep, he placed her neck between two padded poles on a toy and squeezed the child's neck until she turned blue, according to the affidavit and testimony.
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