FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who pleaded no contest to a charge he recklessly injured his 7-month-old daughter by stuffing toilet paper down her throat was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday in Superior Court.
Kimo Petitt, 32, was indicted in March on one count of first-degree assault stemming from the February incident. In May, he agreed to plead no contest to a reduced charge of second-degree assault.
In a statement filed with the court, Petitt said the injury was an accident.
According to the criminal complaint, Petitt woke his wife up on the morning of Feb. 26 at their Seventh Avenue residence and told her their daughter had something blocking her throat.
They brought the infant to the Tanana Valley Clinic, where a doctor gave oxygen to the girl and had her rushed to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
A large quantity of toilet paper was removed from the girl's throat at the hospital.
Hospital employees, suspicious of the girl's injuries, alerted the police. The child's admitting physician told investigators the paper had been tightly packed up the infant's nasal passages and down to her larynx. In his opinion, he said, it could not have gotten there accidentally.
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