A sergeant with the US Air Force (USAF) has been sentenced to three years behind bars after a court-martial found him guilty of beating his seven-day-old daughter to the point where she was left with multiple broken bones and irreversible brain damage.
USAF Sgt. Caleb Humphrey of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii was found guilty of aggravated assault and child endangerment related to the 2017 beating of his daughter Avaline, who was just seven days old at the time.
“She had skull fractures and leg fractures … This can only be explained by one way: Child abuse,” military prosecutor Capt. Grant Farnsworth said during the trial, as reported by Hawaii News Now last week. She also endured brain bleeding, bone lesions and rib fractures.
Farnsworth revealed that after beating her, Humphrey had discussed his daughter’s condition with his friend, a 33-year-old resident of Kapolei, Hawaii. Prior to that, he had sent a Facebook message to the friend and expressed that he was becoming upset with his daughter because she had been “yelling” at him all day.
“Usually the child abuse cases involve people with poor impulse control. They just snap, whether it’s the mother or the father,” defense attorney Victor Bakke told Hawaii News Now in an interview.
According to the Farnsworth, Humphrey “savagely” beat his newborn to the point where she suffered from seizures and permanent brain damage.
The child has remained in foster care since the 2017 incident.