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Watertown man sentenced in connection with baby’s death


A Watertown man who admitted negligently allowing his infant son to drown in a bathtub was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to jail time and probation supervision.

Michael R. Davis, 31, was sentenced to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after a June 25 guilty plea to criminally negligent homicide.

He was accused of leaving his 10-month-old son, Brady M. Davis, for an extended period in a bathtub with a water level that created a substantial risk of death to the child on Aug. 22, 2012, at 740 Cadwell St. According to the police investigation, it was found that the child was unattended for about 18 minutes while Mr. Davis was on a computer in a nearby room, just out of sight of the child.

Mr. Davis told state Supreme Court Judge James P. McClusky that he willingly accepted his punishment and that “I want my life to be better.”

“I wish I could change things, but I can’t,” he told the judge. “I live every day in memory of my son.”

Chief Assistant Public Defender Laurel A. McCarthy told Judge McClusky that Mr. Davis has been distraught since the incident.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t regret what happened,” she said. “I think this is something that he will live with for the rest of his life and I think, your honor, that that is punishment enough.”

Judge McClusky said that while he recognized that Mr. Davis was “imposing on yourself your own punishment,” he was obliged to impose the appropriate sentence.

In other court activity:

Anthony J. Ramirez, 33, Watertown, was sentenced to year time served in the PSB and was ordered to pay up to $1,276 in restitution after a May 28 guilty plea to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny. He admitted that he tried to steal multiple items from Walmart Supercenter on Route 3 in the town of Watertown on July 24, 2012.

Lisandro Torres, 34, Watertown, had his bail set at $40,000 while facing two counts of second-degree assault and single counts of first-degree criminal contempt and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He is charged with stabbing Alicia E. Hollenbeck, 20, Black River, in the upper torso with a knife Thursday at his Central Street apartment. It also is alleged that he struck Jessica E. West, 31, on the head with a porch light, causing a fracture to her right eye socket. Ms. West holds an order of protection against him. City Court was unable to set bail, as Mr. Torres has a previous felony criminal contempt conviction, with the victim in that case being Ms. West.

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