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Monday, September 09, 2019 3:20 pm

Area man gets 10 years for injuring 2-month-old boy

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Huntington man who seriously injured a 2-month-old boy and waited at least an hour to find help was ordered to spend 10 years in prison. 

Braxton M. Gray, 24, pleaded guilty in August to a felony neglect charge. He had faced that and a domestic battery charge, and he was sentenced today in Huntington Circuit Court. 

The battery charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. 

Gray told police he was watching the boy – identified in court documents as H.G. – in March when he fell while holding him. Later, he said he fell backward and landed "under and on the bassinet" while moving furniture downstairs, a probable cause affidavit alleged. 

H.G. had injuries – including a collection of blood outside the brain typically caused by severe head injury and blood on the spine – that are consistent with abuse, investigators said. 

Gray knew the boy was injured, but the affidavit says he didn't call for help. 

He didn't go to neighbors because "they do not like him so he did not know where to go for help" and "he gets anxious talking to people," the document states. 

The boy's mother left for work around 7 a.m. March 26 and returned home, where she reportedly found Gray, her boyfriend "in a panic." Charging documents say Gray told her he was feeding H.G. when the child went limp and stopped breathing.

Investigators said that when the mother returned home, H.G. had not been breathing for about an hour. 

Huntington Circuit Court Judge Davin Smith sentenced Gray to serve 10 years of a 12-year sentence behind bars. Two years of the sentence were suspended.

mleblanc@jg.net