10-Year Sentence for Abuse that Nearly Killed Boy

Created: 01/04/2013 6:58 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

A Madison man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for physically abusing his former girlfriend's 4-year-old son who suffered brain damage and nearly died.
    
Twenty-seven-year-old Jerry Ehrett claimed the boy fell while riding his bike. But, a jury convicted Ehrett of child abuse causing great bodily harm. The State Journal reports a criminal complaint says Ehrett pushed the boy into a kitchen counter in August 2011.
    
Assistant District Attorney Matthew Moeser says the child nearly died, but survived with severe brain damage and will require lifelong care.
    
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