Infant injury case ends with guilty plea

Published 12:16 pm Thursday, November 8, 2012

The man accused of severely injuring his 6-month-old daughter admitted to the crime Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Jerry Schrode, 28, of 89 Township Road 1013, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree felonious assault.

The charges stem from accusations that Schrode severely shook and injured his baby, who was taken by ambulance to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va., July 29 with bleeding behind the eye and in the retina. The child was later released from the hospital.

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Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to five years in prison, less than the maximum sentence of eight years.

In early August, a Boyd County, Ky., grand jury chose not to indict Schrode in the case of a 14-month-old Ashland, Ky., boy who died while in the man’s care in August 2011.