Medina man sentenced to 5 years in prison after injuring infant son
ALBION – A Medina man was sentenced to five years in state prison today by Orleans County Court Judge Sanford Church.
Erik Warren, 30, of Ridge Road was given the maximum sentence as part of a plea agreement for reckless endangerment of a child.
Warren allegedly shook a month-old baby and dropped the baby on the floor in February, causing brain damage. The child suffered a traumatic brain injury with vision and hearing impairments, Judge Church said. The boy is in foster care and continues to receive medical treatment.
Warren apologized for his actions.
“I realize I have failed as a father, as a man and most importantly as a human being,” Warren said at sentencing. “I’m hoping for a second chance to be a wonderful father.”
Warren has taken anger management classes and maintains a full-time job.
“He is trying to improve himself and his financial situation,” said Joanne Best, the public defender.
She said the baby has made progress, by gaining weight and responding to visual stimulation.
Judge Church said the child suffered a very serious brain injury and remains in “a life-threatening situation.”
The judge said he was also puzzled why Warren went on national television show with The Steve Wilkos Show and denied he hurt the child.
The judge’s sentence also includes three years of post-release supervision. Church also issued an order of protection for eight years for the child when Warren is released from prison.
As part of the plea deal, Warren won’t face more serious charges if the child ultimately doesn’t survive the injuries.