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Nampa man sentenced for infant son's death

Posted at 8:51 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 10:50:28-04

A Canyon County man is sentenced for the death of his infant son. 

Isaac M. Hernandez, 26, of Nampa was sentenced to 27 years in jail.  Hernandez was sentenced to 7 years fixed on the first felony injury to a child count, followed by 10 years indeterminate on each of the other two felony counts.

Hernandez agreed to plead guilty to the charges in June as part of plea agreement with prosecutors.  He was arrested in July of 2015 following an investigation by the Caldwell Police Department into the death of his infant son.  Police say the investigation showed that Hernandez had been physically abusing and neglecting the 3-month-old child over the entire span of his short life.

Police tell 6 On Your Side medical records show the infant suffered 26 broken ribs, multiple leg fractures and various other injuries.  “Records also indicate the outright neglect by Hernandez directly led to a failure to thrive in the young infant, who only managed to gain 2.2 pounds during the three months he was alive. Investigators were unable to determine an official cause of death.”  Said Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Taylor in a press release. 

While sentencing Hernandez, Judge George A. Southworth stated to defendant, “this is one of the saddest and worst cases of child abuse that I have ever seen in well over 30 years of practicing law.  I’ve never come across so many instances of abuse and such severe abuse of an infant.”

“The thought of a grown man treating an innocent child with such hate and neglect leaves me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach,” said Deputy Prosecutor Erica Kallin.  “Children are among the most vulnerable in our society and we have a duty to protect them.  Hopefully today’s sentence can bring some sense of justice to the family knowing that Mr. Hernandez will be behind bars for the foreseeable future.”