David Alan McBurnett, a Hernando County resident, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by culpable negligence and sentenced to two years in prison as part of a plea deal in a Florida criminal case brought against hin. The 20-year-old man was initially charged with fatally abusing his girlfriend’s one-year-old son. According to authorities, McBurnett was arrested after the child’s death in September for repeatedly hitting the child for crying. McBurnett’s Florida criminal attorney said the child was being abused but not by McBurnett. To read more details about this story see 20-year-old man sentence to two years for negligent manslaughter.
Physically beating / abusing a child for crying is abuse and perpetrators need to be punished. If you suspect a child is a victim of physical or emotional abuse, you should report your concerns to law enforcement authorities and / or the Florida Department of Children and Families so a criminal investigation can be pursued. Physical and emotional abuse has lifetime consequences for children and needs to be stopped as soon as possible.
Children have a right to bring civil cause of actions against their abusers. A Florida Child Injury Lawyer should be consulted to discuss the various legal issues and concerns you have regarding the abuse.