Rochester man who seriously injured baby avoids jail

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – A Rochester man has avoided jail time for a first-degree assault conviction.

Dylan Horsman, 23, was today given a suspended sentence of just over seven years in prison for seriously injuring his toddler son in November last year. Although he doesn’t have to serve jail time if he gets out of trouble, Horsman was ordered to spend six months in jail and serve 10 years of probation. State guidelines recommend a sentence of seven years in prison for an accused with a clear criminal history, while the maximum recommended sentence for first-degree assault is 20 years in prison.

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Horsman previously entered into a plea deal that resulted in the dismissal of a third degree assault charge. He was charged in February following an investigation opened several months earlier after his two-month-old son ended up in hospital with multiple seizures.

The criminal complaint says medical tests determined the baby had injuries consistent with “shaken baby syndrome.” A doctor told investigators it was a life-threatening brain injury with the likelihood of some degree of permanent loss involving his nervous system.

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