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Father Gets 20 Years in Prison for Severely Injuring Five-Month-Old

Archie Jerrell Isom of Lithia Springs received a 30-year sentence by Superior Court Judge David T. Emerson after entering a guilty plea to two counts of aggravated battery.

A 24-year-old father will spend 20 years in prison after being sentenced on child abuse charges for shaking his five-month-old son so hard that it caused brain swelling, bleeding of blood vessels in the eyes and blindness, according to Douglas County District Attorney David McDade in a press release. 

Archie Jerrell Isom of Lithia Springs received a 30-year sentence by Superior Court Judge David T. Emerson after entering a guilty plea to two counts of aggravated battery. After being released from prison, Isom will be required to serve the final 10 years of his sentence on probation. He is required to have no contact with the child and the child’s mother.

Assistant District Attorney Bonnie Smith told the court that the injuries suffered by the baby on Dec. 31, 2010, were consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome, a medical term used for the internal head injuries a baby or young child sustains while being violently shaken. The injuries, Smith said, occurred while the baby was in the sole care of Isom, who was watching the child while the mother was at work.  

“Sometime during the mother’s lunch break she received a call from the defendant, who informed her something was wrong with the baby,” said Smith. “The defendant said he could not wake their son up and that something was wrong with the child’s body…She instructed him to hang up the phone and call 911 and she rushed home to see what happened.”

As the mother drove towards the couple’s residence, an ambulance carrying her unconscious five-month-old son was rushing away from the apartment complex towards WellStar Douglas Hospital.

“A doctor immediately noted retinal hemorrhages on the baby, a key sign of a child who has been shaken,” said Smith. “Doctors knew the baby was seriously injured and had him life-flighted to Scottish-Rite, which likely saved his life.”  

When the child arrived at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital, a team of doctors also determined the injuries were consistent with him being shaken.

Smith pointed out that Isom remained silent, even amongst the chaos and uncertainty. “The mother had to sit by the side of her five-month-old child, wondering if he was going to come out of his coma, and yet the defendant said nothing.”

Isom finally broke his silence, telling authorities the child fell off a bed while the defendant was washing dishes in another room. After doctors determined his story did not match up with his son’s injuries, Isom changed his story again. This time he told authorities he tripped over a cat while carrying the baby. The accident, according to Isom, caused the child to fall and bump his head on the ground. Doctors determined that story was not consistent with the physical injuries sustained by the baby.  

Janay January 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM
In court yesterday the judge told him if he pled guilty he was waiving all his rights to a fair trial and proving his innocence and that he admits to the charges against him and that he wasnt forced by anyone to plea guilty, that he did it on his own...he acknowledge that he understood what he was being told and still pled guilty..so there will be no winning an appeal...
Janay January 29, 2013 at 10:39 PM
But im done explaining all of the obvious and whats the truth. I have better things to do with my time then entertain ppl on this page...my son is way more important than this and needs my focus and attention way more than this. He is locked up and there is nothing else to it ans no more that can be done about it...so my stress is mot on him anymore its onlyb on me and my family. So to those who wanna "try" and justify jerrell...more power to yall. Good bye...
madwife January 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM
if you so called so worriedf about ur son y r u going back n forth on here as well as facebook n whatever else u writing on the WEB
madwife January 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM
BIPOLOR................................................N THE AQPPLE DONT FALL TO FAR FROM THE TREE
kelly January 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Janay....I don't think you need to defend yourself or your child. Even if what this lady is saying is true (that you're bipolar, didn't want a baby, dropped your baby). No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. And being bipolar, mad wife, is a chemical imbalance not a choice!!!!!! The difference is that she stepped up to the plate and took care of her child. I went to school with Archie and was actually friends with his older brother. It is unfortunate, but forensic evidence and physics do not lie! You can not argue with science. A doctor can recognize injuries and their causes. If the baby had a cracked rib and Archie said its because the baby was choking and he did CPR, I would believe it. However, a baby does not go blind from you tripping over a cat! Both families have suffered a loss, but the innocent baby did not deserve it. I pray for the whole family and baby boy!
mike walker jr January 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM
since its been about two years. How is the baby doing?
Trip January 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM
If you're not guilty why plead guilty? Truth is, "Dad" committed a horrible act and is the exact type of person who shouldn't be a parent. Maybe its just me, but I think i would break my arm in the fall protecting my child before i would let their head hit the floor. This guy is a piece of crap, Best of luck Jana in your child's recovery. Mad wife, get over it. No one will see this man as innocent or the "victim" He's a bad person.
madwife January 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM
IF NO ONE IS PERFECT N PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES Y IS HE SERVING 20 YEARS OF HIS LIFE FOR A MISTAKE N SHES OUT LIVING HERS WHEN SHE MADE A MISTAKE AS WELL????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? SHE HAD A PERFECT LIFE A MAN THAT LOVED HER N WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR HER BUT IM NOT ABOUT TO GO INTO DETAILS ABOUT ALL THAT THINGS PEOPLE DONT KNOW ITS SO CRAZY IF YOU ONLY KNEW I WONDER IF PEOPLE KNEW CERTAIN THINGS WOULD THEY STILL FEEL THE SAME YES BOTH FAMILIES SUFFERED A LOSS AT LEASE SHE CAN C HERS WE CANT......FOR NOW CUZ HE WILL B HOME
mike walker jr January 29, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Do you know the person
rob January 30, 2013 at 12:38 AM
So she traumatically shook a baby within an inch of its life, lied about it, told two stories then admitted it? And the result of her actions led to a life long / life threatening disability?
madwife January 30, 2013 at 12:46 AM
MIKE WALKER JR HE IS FINE LIVING HIS LIFE HAVING FUN
Chrystan January 30, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Nearly killing a child is no mistake, madwife. Also, why don't you go back to school. It takes us all so long to understand what it is you are trying to say. Janay, I am praying for you and your baby!
madwife January 30, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Say what u want been there graduated top of my class so have fun with ur words..............funny continue writing bye now ;-)
Janay January 30, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Mike Walker Jr..no my son is not doing fine and having fun...he is disabled. he is 2 years old but has the mentality of not even a 5 month old. he cant walk on his own nor even crawl. he goes to a school for handicapped children. and is blind. so how can somebody who has never delt with my son nor seen him before until in court say my child is living his life and having fun. and yeah im out taking care of my son that I've always been doing that nobody else ever has done...not even while he lived in 2 different hospitals while I stayed by his side 24/7. so whoever can say whatever about they know the truth but you know nothing about what has happened until just coming into the situation by being involved with jerrell not too long ago. so in all actuality...MADWIFE IS VERY MUCH IRELLAVANT TO THIS WHOLE MATTER AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED. JUST ANOTHER CHICK CATCHING QUICK FEELINGS SO FAST FOR AN INDIVIDUAL THEY KNOW REALLY NOTHING ABOUT. silly girl lmao.
bhaley January 30, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Holy shit some of these comments are ridiculous... mad wife you my friend are the definition of ignorant.... you just made your best attempt to insult a CHILD talking about the apple don't fall far from the tree.... wtf lol go write your man a letter
bhaley January 30, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Hell na its a small world after all... everyone on here knows each other
madwife January 30, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Get it right sweetheart MY TITLE HIS WIFE NOT SOME SILLY GIRL WHO CAUGHT FEELINGS EARLY NOT A GIRLFRIEND OR X, NOTHING BUT LOVE COMING MY FOR MY HUSBAND. AWW SOMEONE CANT KEEP MY NAME OUT THEY MOUTH DO I DETECT JEALOUSY WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GONNA COME BACK TO GA AND LAY UP WITH HIM THIS TIME SORRY BOO STOPPED U DEAD IN YOUR TRACKS, N I PLUS I HAVE WAY MORE SMARTS THEN YO ASS, LIL MAN MUST NOT B THAT IMPORTANT CUZ U STILL HAVE TO EXPLAIN URS SELF TO PEOPLE I RIGHT TOO DAMN IM A POPULAR GORGEOUS SMART WIFE THAT WILL NEVER GO ANYWHERE
madwife January 30, 2013 at 04:34 AM
TIME TO STOP REPLYING BACK ON MY PHONE TO THE COMPUTER I GO I SEE MY MISTAKES BUT FAR FROM DUM STUPID, OR ANYTHING ELSE ALL OF YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ME IM GONNA STICK BY MY HUSBAND TILL THE END YOUR WORDS DONT HURT ME ONE BIT I THINK ITS FUNNY
madwife January 30, 2013 at 04:37 AM
boy u funny really
Momma of 2 January 30, 2013 at 06:11 AM
I believe that if there is edvice of a baby beingin shaken u can't deny that and if he pleaded guilty then that means he did it... I know I would never plead to anything I didn't do that's for sure
Ndeupree@yahoo.com January 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Archie (jerrell) was raised with my son they had always been best friends and I hate that this happened. My prayers are always with Juluis :(
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Chrystan January 30, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Mad wife, how could you have graduated top of your class when you can't possibly know what punctuation marks are?
jessie lopez January 31, 2013 at 03:59 AM
I believe he did it. Cuz why would he change his story when they asked him what happen obviously hes lying. It happen when the baby was in his care. And when ur not guilty u only have one story and you stick to that story. Thats one lame ass excuse tripping over a damn cat. Ive fall down two stairs leaving my house with my baby in my arms and diaper bag on my shoulder I landed on my knees messed up my leg and my baby did not fall out of my arms. So how can he tripp over a cat drop his baby and caused swelling in the brain blood clots behind the eyes and blindness. Uuumm!! Yeah right. He abused this poor baby and I truly honestly hope he dies in prison. Anyone that does harm to any child has no rights to be free and walk da streets like nothing happen.
Corinna carlson October 09, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Shaken baby syndrome is a theory taken as fact. Idk why he changed his story around but what I do know is that the doctors at Scottish Rite are liers and rush to the default diagnosis of SBS for every child with hemotomas and maybe retinal hemorrhage. Vaccines, yes, vaccines can cause blood clots to form and then those clots can cause ruptures in blood vessels in the brain and sometimes eyes due to the vessels being the most delicate in the body. He may have said he wasn't talked into a guilty plea, but I but that's not true; he was told to lie about that cuz after all, we don't want to make the state look crooked...
Corinna carlson October 09, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Idk who madwife is but by the sounds of it she dosent know much about anything either. To the mother, continue to trust your intuition in that he didn't do this. And to everyone else, don't think you know the truth when you don't even know the details and the people involved. Doctors, attorneys, and others have their biases and make false jugements based on these biases. The truth gets twisted and sometimes outright removed. Question everything.

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