Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Father sentenced for murder

By Randy McNutt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Ramon Gomez Silva will serve a minimum of 23 years in prison for murdering his 11-week-old daughter.

        Judge Michael J. Sage of Butler County Common Pleas sentenced Mr. Silva, 21, on two charges: 15 years to life for murder, and eight years for felonious assault. The mandatory terms must be served consecutively.

        “I've been around here as a judge for almost 10 years, and I've never, ever seen such abusive conduct by a defendant,” Judge Sage told Mr. Silva through an interpreter Monday. “It deserves the harshest punishment. ... It's beyond shock — a horrible crime.”

        Maria Gomez Silva suffered a fatal skull fracture that impaired her ability to breathe, 22 rib fractures, two broken legs, a broken collarbone, two dislocated neck vertebrae and countless bruises.

        She died June 12 when life support was removed at Children's Hospital Medical Center. Three days earlier, her mother took her to a Hamilton hospital because the infant had stopped breathing.

        The 16-year-old mother admitted to police she shook the baby and grabbed her by the face to stop her from crying. Last week, she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault and child endangering.

        She was sentenced to the state juvenile detention system until her 21st birthday. The Cincinnati Enquirer is not naming her because she is a juvenile.


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