Va. Beach man gets 30 years for permanently injuring daughter

Erico Sawyer, photo courtesy Virginia Beach Police.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man will serve 30 years in prison for severely injuring his 3-year-old daughter.

A judge sentenced 30-year-old Erico Gerard Sawyer Monday after he was found guilty of aggravated malicious wounding and child abuse/neglect back in January.

In 2013, Sawyer was arrested after dropping off his 3-year-old daughter at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. According to court documents, the girl had blunt force trauma inflicted by Sawyer.

The child spent more than a month in the hospital, undergoing multiple surgeries and procedures. She is still receiving occupational speech and physical therapies. Prosecutors say she will never be the same little girl.

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