Wisconsin Man Get A Six-Month Sentence After Breaking 20 Bones In Beating Of His Two-Month Old Daughter

View image on TwitterWe recently discussed the outrage over a woman getting four-months probation for laughing at the torture of a defenseless, disabled man and posting this crime on social media.  We have yet another absurd sentencing.

In Wisconsin, Richard A. Root, 21, was given six months in jail and seven years of probation after beating his 2-month-old daughter.  He broke more than 20 of the infant’s bones and caused bleeding in her brain. Six months.

Winnebago County Circuit Judge Thomas Gritton ordered Root to stay employed or attend school, avoid alcohol and drugs, and undergo counseling.

Last weekend we discussed a man who rightfully received five years for killing a dog.  However, you get a six-month sentence after almost killing a baby and breaking roughly ten percent of the bones in her body (including a broken leg and broken arm).

24 thoughts on “Wisconsin Man Get A Six-Month Sentence After Breaking 20 Bones In Beating Of His Two-Month Old Daughter”

  1. As awful as this is, who the hell was the judge who delivered this abomination of a sentence? S/he deserves to be incarcerated as much as he, perhaps more so. There is no rational basis for incarcerating someone for years for possession of marihuana, yet he gets kissed for an atrocious act of child abuse! I weep for the criminal justice system, in which I participated for 50 years, as it succumbs to the chaos of the world.

  2. Oh my God, did she get brain damage? Permanent injuries? Did she die of her injuries?

    What kind of monster either does this to a baby, or gives the perpetrator only 6 months?


  4. Push him out of airplane sans parachute at around 10K feet. Let him think about a few things before he becomes one with the ground.

  5. Of course, he was really and truly sorry, will make amends, found Jesus, wants to improve his life, will work for world peace and vows to complete his education. Have I missed any of the other usual excuses to avoid punishment for pure evil?

  6. Is Castration too severe for this guy? And I don’t mean chemical! This is before he spends many years in prison. I’m sure he will be partnered up with a great roommate. Me and my wife had 2 children. Patience is a big word when it comes to kids.

    1. Well, it is not beyond the realm of possibility here.

      RCW 9.92.100 Prevention of Procreation

      Whenever any person shall be adjudged guilty of carnal abuse of a female person under the age of ten years, or of rape, or shall be adjudged to be an habitual criminal, the court may, in addition to such other punishment or confinement as may be imposed, direct an operation to be performed upon such person, for the prevention of procreation.

      [ 1909 c 249 § 35; RRS § 2287.]

  7. Get ‘Real Time’ with Bill Maher, “If I could trade that experience (of being beaten in the playground), for being gently masturbated by a Pop Star – I would do it in a hearbeat!”

  8. I certainly hope that the counseling helps. If it goes on long enough.

    Not clear that jail time will.

          1. Actually “Recovered” might be better, as in “We arrived too late to rescue him. So it was a recovery.”

  9. Hopefully if the prosecution is inclined, it will appeal the sentence if that is possible in Wisconsin’s criminal procedure. It would be interesting for someone with experience on the state’s sentencing guidelines to chime in here.

    Here is what I believe to be the crime charged: Neglecting a child resulting in great bodily harm

    948.21  Neglecting a child.

    (1) Any person who is responsible for a child’s welfare who, through his or her actions or failure to take action, intentionally contributes to the neglect of the child is guilty of one of the following:

    (a) A Class A misdemeanor.

    (b) A Class H felony if bodily harm is a consequence.

    (c) A Class F felony if great bodily harm is a consequence.

    (d) A Class D felony if death is a consequence.

    (2) Under sub. (1), a person responsible for the child’s welfare contributes to the neglect of the child although the child does not actually become neglected if the natural and probable consequences of the person’s actions or failure to take action would be to cause the child to become neglected.

    Under Wisonsin Statute 939.5:

    (1) Felonies in the statutes are classified as follows:
    (f) For a Class F felony, a fine not to exceed $25,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 years and 6 months, or both.

    I did not see any minimum sentencing so I suspect there is a great amount of discretion available to judges on what that might be. Again, someone from Wisconsin needs to clarify this.

    For myself, I cannot find a mitigating circumstance sufficient to not punish this man on the higher end of the spectrum.

  10. OMG, white people do this too?

    I thought this was only a black thing!

    I’m sure squeek can elucidate all the reasons why this happened, while she whittles a matchstick with her $14 knife.

  11. I don’t even know what to say anymore. Hopefully he will relinquish his parental rights. Hopefully someone in his family will force him to do this

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