Man who left red marks on son receives suspended sentence
DOVER - A Somersworth man charged with assaulting his 6-year-old son will not have to serve prison time - pending good behavior.
Jeremiah Walsh pleaded guilty Thursday, admitting that he caused red marks on the back of his son's neck.
Walsh was charged with second-degree assault for leaving the marks on his young son last year.
He had been prohibited from contacting his son and the child's mother until the plea and sentencing hearing.
According to court documents, the child's mother is now being treated for throat and breast cancer and she needs Walsh back to take care of their son.
"He was sentenced to the house of corrections for a period of 12 months," said Prosecutor Kathryn Smykowski. "All of that sentence is suspended for three years upon the defendant's good behavior, and upon compliance with the rest of the terms of the sentence, which includes one year of probation."
Police said Walsh also has problems with drugs and that he may have overdosed on heroin and cocaine just days before the incident.