Fairbanks man sentenced for assaulting infant

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks man convicted of causing head injuries to an infant last year was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison.

Ralph N. Wells, 22, received the minimum jail time Superior Court Judge Mark Wood could assign him in the case.

A jury convicted Wells of one of four counts of felony assault following a four-day trial in March. He was charged with causing extensive injuries to his girlfriend's 9-month-old baby while he was taking care of the boy.

The jury decided Wells caused bruising on the boy's head but that he was not guilty of causing bone fractures to the baby's ankles and arms.

Wells also was sentenced to 18 months of suspended jail time and three years of probation. He also was ordered to pay the boy's $2,486 hospital bill.

Wells contended the boy was injured when he fell from his crib.

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