HARRINGTON, Del. - A man will spend over a decade in prison for his role in the death of a seven-month-old child, in Harrington.
The Delaware Department of Justice says on Friday, 48-year-old James Hammond, of Harrington, was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for the 2014 killing of a toddler who was under his care. The incident happened in February 2014 at Hammond's Harrington home. He was found guilty on the charges of murder by abuse second degree.
At that time, seven-month-old Aubri Thompson, the niece of Hammond's girlfriend, was brought to Hammond's house while her parents were on vacation. A few days later, the child was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital by Hammond and his girlfriend for blunt force trauma to her head and serious traumatic brain injuries, on February 28. Officials say the child died one hour after arriving at the hospital.
A Superior Court judge sentenced Hammond to 25 years in prison with all but 15 years suspended, followed by six months of work release, and two years of probation.
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