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article imageFather sentenced to 5 years in jail for slashing infant's throat

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By Arthur Weinreb     Sep 1, 2012 in Crime
Calgary - The Calgary man, whose name cannot be released to protect the identity of the child, stabbed the 11-month-old after becoming enraged at the child's mother.
The 33-year-old father appeared in a Calgary, Alberta courtroom yesterday for sentencing. He had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault.
In passing sentence, Judge Mike Dinkel was quoted by CTV News as saying, In a very cold-blooded and calculating manner he put him on the floor, undid his clothes and cut him twice. The accused used the attack on the child to inflict pain on the mother. The child was a tool. It was based on anger, rage and jealousy over the mistaken belief that his wife was cheating on him. He knew what he was doing and intended to do harm.
The parents had split up and the man was babysitting while his wife went out. In the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 2011, when his wife had not returned home, the father became enraged and stabbed his son. He then called 911 around 4 a.m.
As CBC reports, the father can be heard on the 911 tape, played at an earlier court proceeding, crying and saying how much he loves his baby. He then begged police to come and shoot him. But when officers arrived, the man held them at bay for awhile brandishing the knife he used to stab his son. The fact that he prevented the infant from getting immediate attention was used as an aggravating factor on sentence.
The Times Colonist reports the child received a 20 centimetre long cut to his abdomen and the cut to his throat was 15 centimetres long. The slash to the throat just barely missed major arteries. The infant, who had lost about a quarter of his blood, was rushed to hospital in critical condition. He survived and is expected to make a full recovery.
The father was originally charged with attempted murder but was allowed to plead guilty to the lesser offence of aggravated assault.
The Crown had sought a sentence of between six and seven years while the man's lawyer, Alain Hepner, argued for a sentence of between 2 1/2 and three years in jail. Both lawyers appeared to be satisfied with the five years that was imposed.
Hepner was quoted in the Calgary Herald as saying, "He felt remorse and felt he should be punished for what happened." Prosecutor Margot Engley called the sentence "significant."
The father, who has been in custody since his arrest, faces an effective sentence of three years and 11 months.
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