Carlos Edwards, the 35-year-old Melrose man convicted Wednesday of assault and child endangerment charges connected to a July 2011 confrontation in which he dropped his infant son on a Malden sidewalk, was sentenced to five years in state prison Friday, the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. said.
The prison term was handed down by Middlesex Superior Court Judge Diane Kottmeyer, who also ordered him to serve three years' probation following release, and complete a state educational program for batterers, Leone's office said in a statment.
He was convicted Wednesday by a superior court jury on charges of assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a child under 14, and reckless endangerment of a child.
"This is an extremely troubling case, where a father forcibly threw his own 7-week-old son on a cement sidewalk with reckless disregard for the child's safety, resulting in substantial injuries to the baby," Leone said in a statement. "Children are our most vulnerable victims and we will prosecute any offender who commits crimes against children, especially where that offender is supposed to care and protect the victim."
The baby was injured during an argument that began after 1 p.m. July 20, 2011, outside a Cross Street home in Malden between Edwards and his girlfriend, Crystal Sears. The confrontation escalated. Edwards threw the boy toward his mother, but the baby hit the ground, falling onto the concrete sidewalk, according to authorities.
The boy, Carmello Sears, then 7 weeks old, was hospitalized in critical condition with a double skull fracture, a broken leg, and a blood clot in his brain, according to a family member. He was released six days later.
Edwards then fled the scene, and later turned turned himself in to Malden Police.