Wisconsin Rapids father gets 15 years prison in son's death

Published: Oct. 4, 2018 at 8:44 AM CDT
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The 33-year-old man convicted of killing his 15-month-old son after the child threw his sippy cup, will spend 15 years in prison, followed by 10 years extended supervision.

James Georgeson reached a plea agreement with Wood County prosecutors in October and was found guilty of second-degree reckless homicide. He was sentenced Friday.

The boy died in February 2017.

Wisconsin Rapids Police said Georgeson was the only one at home when he called 911 to report his son was not breathing.

Investigators said the child died Feb. 6, 2017. The boy was taken to a Wisconsin Rapids hospital Feb. 4, 2017. Police said the child was unresponsive and had suspicious injuries.

Court documents state Georgeson said the child was napping when he began gasping for air. Detectives said Georgeson later said he became upset when the child threw a sippy cup. Doctors believe the boy died of child abuse trauma.

Autopsy results show the child died of a brain bleed due to being shaken.

A doctor cited in the criminal complaint stated, "The injuries are not consistent with a single event and indicate blunt force trauma with a force not generated by a 15-month-old child".

Court documents state Georgeson was already on probation for a child neglect conviction at the time of the incident.

Georgeson will receive credit for 303 days already spent in custody.