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Slayton sentenced for infant assault

A Farmville man was sentenced to 10 years in jail with eight years and two months of the sentence suspended Monday by the Prince Edward Circuit Court in connection to inflicting life-threatening injuries on a 9-month-old infant.

Jamie Russell Slayton

Jamie Russell Slayton will serve five years, with three years and two months suspended, for aggravated malicious wounding and will serve three years of supervised probation upon his release. According to the Virginia Courts Case Information System, his other charge, abuse and neglect of children, brought a five-year jail sentence with all five years suspended and will serve three years of supervised probation upon his release. He’s also ordered to pay court costs of $878 for each charge. The court also nol prossed — meaning the court abandoned the charge — a charge of assault and battery against a family member and a charge of cruelty and injury to a child.

Slayton was arrested in September 2015 for shaking the then-9-month-old infant, according to police. He was charged with aggravated malicious wounding, felony child abuse/neglect, cruelty and injuries to a child and domestic assault and battery, according to a press release from the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office.

Slayton was indicted for the alleged offense April 19, 2016. Following the reported incident, Slayton took the infant to Centra Southside Community Hospital. The child was later transported to the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond and treated for “life-threatening injuries” according to the press release.

Slayton was arrested following a joint investigation by Social Services and the sheriff’s office. Malicious wounding carries a potential sentence of life imprisonment, while felony child neglect carries a sentence of up to 10 years in jail and the maximum punishment for assault and battery of a family or household member is 12 months in jail.