Judge George Southworth calls baby’s abuse the worst he has ever seen, as 26-year-old father Isaac Hernandez of Idaho was sentenced to 27 years in jail. 2-month-old Sylys Hernandez died just shy 3 months old, and the abuse inflicted upon was so severe, they struggled to find photos of him without injuries.
“It does not appear that that child had even a day of joy in his life,” Judge Southworth remarked.
The dad was charged with abusing the baby, but was not charged with his murder. Officials could not determined whether or not the child died from manual suffocation or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Either way the baby’s brief life was filled with more brutality and suffering than most adults have faced.
An underfed and dehydrated Sylys was beaten nearly everywhere, with 26 fractures to his ribs and both of his legs were broken.
“In those three short months, we’re talking about a child who knew nothing but pain, suffering and hunger,” prosecutor Erica Kallin said.
The dad Isaac took care of the baby alone, as the child’s mother was serving time in jail for drugs.
Many friends and loved ones testified that they offered to help Isaac raise the Sylys, but he rejected their offers.
“[A child] shouldn’t, at 3 months old, look like they’ve given up on life,” Kallin said to the judge, reports Idaho State Journal.
Friends after being troubled by Isaac’s parenting style, reported Isaac to authorities in November.
Instead of intervening, however, caseworkers closed the case. They declared the accusations unfounded without even visiting the baby.
Only one month later, baby Sylys died.
“Society demands justice in this case,” Kallin said. “We have a child who, because he’s passed, cannot be protected in the future. But he is somebody who can have justice, and his death isn’t meaningless.”