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Jul 20, 2016 8:31 PM

Newmarket man sentenced in 'vicious assault' of his infant son


BRENTWOOD- Jose Orta-Santana, 26, of Newmarket, was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty by reason of insanity for abusing his infant son.

The injuries were discovered March of 2015, when the then 3-month-old boy was rushed to the hospital.

Orta-Santana admits to squeezing, putting the infant in a forceful bear hug and even punching him “In the head, with a closed fist, at least three times,” said Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway.

In video shown in court today, Orta-Santana demonstrated for police how hard he hit his son by punching the officer in the arm for the judge to see.

Orta-Santana told police he was sleep deprived at the time he beat his son and was trying to get the baby to be quiet.

“Broken bones from head to toe, starting with a skull fracture, and bleeding in the brain, and then all the way down to his toes, arms, legs, in all about 17 fractures,” Conway said.

The boy’s mother spoke in court today and told the judge that her son's future is uncertain.

The defense argued Orta-Santana has a history of mental illness, was abused himself as a child and had no criminal record at the time of his arrest.

“I don't think he set out to hurt his child. Obviously he did, he is responsible for it, he takes that responsibility, but he's not a monster,” said defense attorney Amy Beaton.


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