Crime

Roy man gets 16 years for putting fussy baby in freezer

Staff writerMarch 21, 2014 

Tyler Deutsch during his May 2013 arraignment. He was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison for putting his newborn daughter into a freezer.

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A Roy man convicted of beating his infant daughter then placing her in the family freezer was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison.

Tyler Deutsch, 26, pleaded guilty earlier this year to first-degree child assault in the May 2013 attack on his 7-week-old child.

“Though the child has fully recovered, and we are grateful for that, this was a horrible and inexplicable crime,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.

Prosecutors had asked for 20 years, but Superior Court Judge Edmund Murphy decided on 192 months.

Deutsch was arrested after the baby's mother returned home from running an errand and found Deutsch taking the girl out of the freezer, court records show.

The girl had a broken ankle and a broken bone in her shoulder, and her body temperature was about 85 degrees, the records show.

Deutsch told detectives a number of stories about how the girl got into the freezer, an upright compartment over the fridge, before finally admitting he put her there "because he was tired and she was crying," court records show.

 

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