Tacoma man pleads guilty to first-degree assault of infant son

Staff writerJanuary 31, 2014 

An 18-year-old Tacoma man accused of violently shaking his 7-day-old son and causing severe injuries pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree assault of a child.

Joshua Paul Sullivan will be sentenced Feb. 14 in Pierce County Superior Court.

The case dates to May 2013, when Sullivan and the child’s mother brought the boy to a hospital for treatment. Doctors found injuries consistent with a baby being violently shaken, court records state.

Sullivan told investigators he woke at 3 a.m. to the sound of his son’s crying and became frustrated because the baby kept fussing. He shook the boy while carrying him up and down stairs, and claimed the child’s head accidentally hit a wall.

Doctors said the baby’s injuries were too severe to match the story, court records state.

The baby is recovering, though the long-term prognosis is unclear, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.

“Nothing is more incomprehensible than adults harming children,” he said. “We won’t know the full effect of this senseless assault for years.”

Sean Robinson: 253-597-8486
sean.robinson@thenewstribune.com
@seanrobinsonTNT

The News Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service