Man gets 20 years in prison on child cruelty conviction

Jurors in the child cruelty case of a 3-month-old girl took less than four hours Friday to convict Juan J. Moran-Suarez of fracturing his infant daughter’s ribs.

Moran-Suarez, 22, was found guilty on one count of first-degree cruelty to children. Jurors acquitted him of two other cruelty charges. Superior Court Judge Gil McBride then sentenced Moran-Suarez to 20 years in prison — the maximum amount allowed by law.

“It’s what I asked for,” said Assistant District Attorney Wesley Lambertus of the sentence. “I’ll be happy if somebody else thinks twice before doing this to a 3-month-old.”

Prosecutors alleged that Moran-Suarez fractured his daughter’s ribs on both sides and fractured her shoulder on three separate occasions about November 2009. He confessed to the crime, telling police that he was tired and agitated when he squeezed the infant.

“He just put her back in the crib and left her crying,” Lambertus said.