An Albany man was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Tuesday morning in Linn County Circuit Court after pleading no contest to a charge of first-degree criminal mistreatment.
The sentence for Tadyn Allen Drake Bentley, 20, was greater than typical for the offense due to the vulnerability of the victim.
The victim in the case was a boy who was 4 to 5 months old at the time the crime occurred in February or March.
Bentley was initially charged with first-degree assault, as well, but that charge was dismissed as part of a negotiated settlement. He will be on post-prison supervision for three years.
The case came to authorities’ attention after the infant suffered head swelling caused by fluid buildup in the brain.
“This appeared to be an inflicted injury associated with a child being shaken,” said prosecutor Richard Wijers, who added that several doctors were consulted by the state.
Bentley initially admitted to authorities that he became frustrated and shook the child for three to five seconds, Wijers said.
However, an injury inflicted on the child by Victoria Hunt of Albany, Bentley’s ex-girlfriend, complicated Bentley’s case, Wijers said.
Defense attorney Tyler Reid said that Hunt was responsible for all of the injuries against the child, and Bentley’s initial statements to law enforcement was an effort on his part to cover up for Hunt.
Hunt also pleaded no contest to first-degree criminal mistreatment in April. She was sentenced to 13 months in prison, and a charge of third-degree assault was dismissed.
Bentley’s case was investigated by the Sweet Home Police Department. Bentley was arrested at his residence by the Albany Police Department in March.