Man accused of beating baby in Cherokee Co. sentenced to 20 years

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A man who was accused of beating a baby in Cherokee County was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday.

We previously reported in January 2020 that a 3-month-old baby was in critical condition after allegedly being punched in the head multiple times by Justin Keith Crowe, of Gaffney.

According to Gaffney Police, Justin Keith Crowe was watching the baby while his mother and grandmother went to the grocery store.

Police said Crowe called them because the baby would not stop crying. When they returned to the home, the baby was unresponsive, police said.

Crowe has been charged with abuse of a child resulting in great bodily injury.

During court Thursday, Crowe pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 20 years, but the sentence can be reduced to 13 years. Crowe will have a mandatory health evaluation and anger management counseling.

The child has made a full recovery.

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