A Sumner man accused of partially paralyzing his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge James Orlando agreed to give 35-year-old Eli Everett Tomal the sentence the prosecution and defense recommended.
“This is a case that had horrific injuries,” Orlando noted.
Tomal pleaded guilty to third-degree child assault in July as part of negotiations with prosecutors.
According to charging papers:
Tomal’s girlfriend called 911 on Jan. 28, 2014, when the baby wouldn’t wake up. She later told investigators she’d left Tomal alone with the child for 15 minutes.
She said he’d told her the baby fell backward on a flashlight as she was crawling up on a bed. Doctors said violent shaking likely caused the injuries.
The baby’s maternal grandmother, Brenda Louise, wrote the court about six months later that the child was using a feeding tube, suffered paralysis on the right side of her body and had lost some of her vision.
“She will require physical and educational supports for the rest of her life,” Louise wrote.
Deputy prosecutor Mark Sanchez said the state plans to request more than $189,000 in restitution, largely because of medical bills.
The conviction is Tomal’s second under the state’s “three strikes” law; He pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary in 2009.