Washington state man who put infant in freezer gets 16 years

OLYMPIA, Wash Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:09pm EDT

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OLYMPIA, Wash (Reuters) - A Washington state man who prosecutors said beat his crying infant daughter and put her in a freezer for 90 minutes so he could take a nap was sentenced on Friday to 16 years in prison, authorities said.

Tyler Deutsch, 26, wanted to take a nap in May, but his daughter was crying, so he put her in the freezer before going to his bedroom and falling asleep, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a statement.

About 90 minutes later, Deutsch awoke to the baby's mother coming home and rushed to the freezer to pull out his daughter, Lindquist said. The mother, seeing Deutsch take the infant out of the freezer, called 911, he said.

The girl, who was wearing only a diaper, had a body temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius) and suffered blisters, a broken arm, a broken leg and a head injury, Lindquist said.

"Though the child has fully recovered, and we are grateful for that, this was a horrible and inexplicable crime," Lindquist said.

An attorney for Deutsch could not be reached immediately for comment. Deutsch, who is from Tacoma, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in January.

(Editing by David Bailey and Mohammad Zargham)

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Comments (9)
LogicalOne wrote:
16 years?! Meanwhile someone else gets a life sentence for drugs? THE FOR PROFIT AMERICAN PRISON AND JUSTIC SYSTEM IS BEYOND CORRUPT AND PATHETIC. This man should never see the light of day ever again.

Mar 22, 2014 11:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LogicalOne wrote:
16 years?! Meanwhile someone else gets a life sentence for drugs? THE FOR PROFIT AMERICAN PRISON AND JUSTIC SYSTEM IS BEYOND CORRUPT AND PATHETIC. This man should never see the light of day ever again.

Mar 22, 2014 11:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sincitylife wrote:
So let me guess this straight. This guy gets only 16 years while there are cannnabis smokers doing Life? WTF? Really?

Mar 22, 2014 9:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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