Dad gets 10-year sentence for shaking infant son

Wed, 03/18/2009 - 2:33pm
By: John Munford

A Peachtree City man accused of violently shaking his 10-week-old son was convicted Wednesday by a Fayette County jury.

George Anthony Bowman Jr. was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor battery (reduced by the jury from felony aggravated battery counts) and one felony count of cruelty to children.

Bowman was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years probation by Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English Jr.

The baby was shaken with such force that his brain struck the front and back of the skull, Assistant District Attorney Warren Sellers told the jury. That led to bleeding in the child’s brain and a three-week hospital stay, Sellers said. The baby now has developmental delays and is receiving several different types of therapy, he added.

Bowman testified Tuesday that he tried a number of ways to comfort his infant son before shaking him for approximately three seconds at their home Aug. 30.

Bowman told the court that he had tried to calm the child down by cuddling him, bouncing him on his knee and making funny faces to him, among other attempts. The child continued crying and before he knew it he had already shaken the baby, he testified.

Immediately after the incident, Bowman said he put the baby down in a swing and went to fix the child a bottle. Then he stopped, noticing the baby had trouble breathing and “he looked like he was having a seizure or something,” he told the court.

“I called his name, I was crying ... I was trying to get him to snap out of it,” Bowman said.

Bowman then called 911 and performed rescue breathing as directed by a 911 operator until a police officer arrived and began CPR until paramedics reached the scene. At the time of the incident Bowman had been home alone all day caring for his son while his wife was at work.

Bowman is charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of cruelty to children. Closing arguments are expected to occur tomorrow morning and then the case will be deliberated by the jury.

Bowman’s testimony was at times touching. In the middle of recounting the frenetic seconds that led up to the shaking incident, Bowman told the jury the favorite nicknames he liked call his son.

“Little man, pee-wee I called him,” Bowman said, a smile breaking across his face.
Bowman said he never intended to hurt his son. He said the stress of family finances, marital disputes, his father’s death and his mother’s subsequent drug overdose weighed on him that day before the shaking incident occurred.

Under cross examination, Bowman admitted that he told police Det. Gary Meier that when he shook his son he did so out of anger. Bowman said that’s because he was tired, under stress and didn’t know how to express his feelings to the detective.

“I was never angry at my son,” Bowman said.
Bowman also admitted that even though it might have helped those caring for his son, he never admitted to the doctors, paramedics, police officers or the 911 operator that he had indeed shaken the baby.

When asked why, Bowman replied that he was scared.

“I didn’t want my son to go to the hospital alone because if I’m taken away my wife never would have known,” Bowman said.

He said he didn’t tell doctors at the hospital about the shaking because he was afraid he would never hear about how his son was doing.

Bowman testified that he didn’t realize how hard he had shaken the baby at the time of the incident, which occurred at the family’s home on Beaver Dam Road while Bowman was taking care of the baby by himself; his wife was at work.

The jury saw the full recording from a police officer’s patrol car which contained audio from the time the second police officer arrived. The patrol car camera captured dramatic video of several EMTs dashing outside of the home, taking the child to the ambulance where they began to restore the child’s breathing.

The child was blue in color when he was first brought into the ambulance, a paramedic testified.

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Submitted by therapy on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 9:49am.

I don't think anyone has the right to judge anyone.It says in the bible judge ye not unless ye be judged so i think everyone that is posting there op's of this case need to get on with there lives and stop bringing of this case and running this young man down the counrty.Besides know one will realy know what was going through his mind at the time he did this to his son.But i can tell you right now he will pay for this the rest of his life.Not only will he not be able to see his son but he has to live with the fact he did this to his child.And those that think they know this young man you don't know him like you think you do and as they say op's are like ass-holes everyone has one.So with that been said get over this case and let it rest.Know one knows how this has upset this boys mother not only has she lost he husband but now her son and grandson because the childs mother will not let her see him i know for a fact that this mans mother asked the mother the whole time the case was going on to let her see the child and she told the grandmother she would have to waite untill the trail was over.What did that have to do with the price of tea in china?That was not right this other grand mother has not ever done anything to her or the child but she is having to pay for what her son has done that's not right.Maybe one day the mother well see that just because the other grandmother doen't come from money and is not rich and just want's to see her grandbaby.I am so sadden at this whole thing.How people can judge without knowing some one.Her parent's never wanted her to marrie this young man they said she was marring beneath thier stature.These people where middle class trash that came from the wifes mouth more than onces.They said she never should have never became with child how could she do this to them and make them look bad in the face of the people of Fayette Counrty. So dodn't judge a book by it's cover.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 10:15am.

I use my judgment to decide what company I keep, and whom I will entrust with my children. We make judgments everyday and act accordingly. I get tired of the "Don't judge stuff" that comes across in our nonjudgmental society. for the most part it just excuses bad behavior.

Submitted by therapy on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 10:45am.

As you can see in your statement you are a judgemental person.As you can see by your statement.Maybe someday people can learn to keep thier op's to there self no one cares what you are anyone else thinks about this case you don't know anything about his family or hers for that matter.Besides what would you do if something like this happened in your family?But i forgot you think you are better than the next person and you can pass judgement and not have to pay for that when you die.Well it's like this the good lord see's and hear's all and we will all have to pay in one shape our the other when we pass away.So when when you go to bed at night pray for these people that have had this happened to them.Know one knows how any of them feel because it has not happened to you.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:41am.

and, likewise, I have judged you as inane. I am unaffected by your opinion, though.

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Submitted by TonyF on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 10:12am.

gratest langrag en thee woulrd?

"Your, yore, you're all idiots." (T.Floyd)

Submitted by PreciousStahr on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 12:06pm.

thuts my kind ov tok!

"Ingluish thu gratest lunguid n thu world".

Is therapy preachin us from the book of judges?

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Submitted by dawn69 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 10:52am.

You took the words right out of my mouth, Wedge. We all judge others and rightly so. The ability to judge situations and people better enable us to make proper choices for ourselves.

Tony, my mom always said that no one is ever too poor to own a dictionary. I suggest that these people get one soon, I keep mine right here by the computer and use it often.

Further, keep your family bickering to yourselves. The citizens on this site are commenting on a case that has been made public and have every right to an opinion on the matter. Bottom line: no one cares if the dad worked too much or if the mom didn't do her fair share or so forth.....a child's life has been brutally altered because the father had no self control.

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Submitted by TonyF on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:09am.

I like the dictionary too, that spellchecker will get you in trouble, won't it?

"Your, yore, you're all idiots." (T.Floyd)

Submitted by therapy on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 10:46am.

Nobody cares what you think.

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Submitted by TonyF on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:07am.

What does my stupid have to do with this? You just leave my stupid out of it. You don't know my stupid so don't talk about my stupid. (You obviously didn't have someone read my tagline out loud for you.)

"Your, yore, you're all idiots." (T.Floyd)

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 10:54am.

Shouldn't that be "You're Stupid" or "You are Stupid". Now, who's stupid? Evil

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Submitted by therapy on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:02am.

No body asked you.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:35am.

someone got their knickers in a wad. Shocked
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Submitted by sniffles5 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 12:13pm.

I know we give you a little more leeway than most owing to the number of times you've fallen off your (you're) bike onto your (you're) head, but please try to remember that it is
"panties in a wad"
"knickers in a twist"

If you like, I can email you pictures of SLindsey demonstrating both of the above techniques.

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 3:00pm.

Snif.. I think I have to tell you.. I am not Gay.. Not that there is anything wrong with that.. I mean if that’s your thing.. That’s ok.. Not passing judgment here, but having nude pictures of me on your computer.. I mean does Ms Sniffles know? Not sure when I posed for them, but hey in my younger days I was a little wild.. so anything is possible.
But hey I appreciate the thought and all.. Just the other day as I was passing through one of the places I do a lot of work for.. I had a guy who had been staring at me for some time .. walk over and told me I was the most handsomest man he has ever seen.. and you know.. wait a minute was that you??? It all makes sense now.. Why didn’t you introduce yourself.. I mean we could have had that coffee.. Oh well Snif I really think you should delete those pics.. it is just not healthy..

I will not lower my standards.. So UP YOURS.. Evil


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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 1:56pm.

I was trying to remain PC.

I think I'll go to my room since I got soundly trounce by you and Fred.

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 1:30pm.

Actually it is knickers in a knot . . .

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 1:56pm.

Jeepers, you are correct, eodnnaenaj1. I googled both and was aghast to learn that there are 136K knickers/twist references to 169K knickers/knot analogies.

Please accept my humble apologies for my mistake.

....unlike some posters (*coughSLindsey*cough) I am man enough to admit when *I* make an error of fact.

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Submitted by TinCan on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 3:11pm.

some folks may have their bowels in an uproar. Ok twisted knickers has that one by around 80K, but it'll work.

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 2:03pm.

Takes a heck of a guy to admit a mistake and apologize! LOL! One question, have you ever asked for directions!?! LOL!

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 3:41pm.

Of course I have asked for directions! If I knew all the answers, I'd be a LIbErtarian! Eye-wink

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Submitted by Fred Garvin on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:37am.

Or is it 'some one' got their knickers in a wad?

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Rest in Peace

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 1:49pm.

Only on The Citizen will you see the liberals and the conservatives "tag team" in order to beat up the moderates.

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Submitted by dawn69 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:00am.


Stupid is as stupid does! Somebody needs to give 'therapy' a box of chocolates - I mean, chocilites.

Submitted by therapy on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:04am.

And they need to give you one for even commenting back on this.You know nothing about any of this so you need to keep your op's to your self.

Submitted by ks0102 on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 3:45pm.

I want you people to know that George Bowman JR. is my brother and if you think the jury was wrong then I will let you in on a little secret. My brother is not a violent person never has been, I don't agree with what he did, but I know the circumstances that led up to what he did. For on thing that thing he was married too wasn't a saint. She would force feed my nephew and when I went over to her house after Bradley was born she put him down in his bassinet and left hims screaming and her dog was trying to knock it over, and she said aw he is just trying to play with him. i don't know about anyone else but I would be smacking the crap out of my dog if he was jumping up and trying to knock over my baby's bassinet. Yes I am a mother also, and i wouldn't have any problem letting my brother around my baby. My father died after a 2 year long battle of cancer and T.J. watched my father take his last breath!!!! I also want to say that his wife would verbaly abuse him and pawn Bradley off on him when he got home saying and i quote " I have had him all day and know you can take care of your SON" now tell me when you have a baby everything is supposed to be equal right well it wasn't he spent more time taking care of that baby than she did. Also I work in a pediatric home health agency and we have babies with Shaken Baby Syndrom and for one they thrive just fine, also the pediatrician said she thinks he had cordical blindness but she wasn't an optimologist so she couldn't be sure and I have pictures of Bradley and as far as I can tell he focused on that camera pretty well. If you want to talk about who is the bad person in that relationship I would say the WIFE. She went as far as telling my brother he wasn't a man because he couldn't get her pregnant and she was going to leave him if he didn't, she also sold my fathers stuff that my mother had given him after my father died, these are memories and things that can never be replaced. So iI ask that you people review the facts before you make a decision about what kind of person my brother is and aslo some of you need to clean around your own backyards before you make assumptions about other people.I will also let you know that I'm not afraid to let you knwo who I am, I am George Bowman JR's sister and I am proud of it.


Submitted by ConcernedCitizen77 on Fri, 10/16/2009 - 1:55am.

I have to correct a few misstatements in your post. Kristen NEVER pawned her son off on anyone. Your brother would completely ignore him until she said something to him. I cannot believe that you are allowed around children. And as far as how that baby functions, I know for a fact that you have not seen him since he was in the hospital. He is completely blind and still cannot walk. That is not "thriving just fine" you sick fu**! If your brother was unfit to take care of that baby because of his emotional state, he should have said so. She would never have left Bradley in his care if she thought that your sick brother would do what he did. I hope your brother gets passed around the jail population like a blow up doll. That poor baby suffers daily and I hope TJ does too! Kristen is a strong woman and takes great care of that precious baby everyday. You wouldn't know this though, because you have discarded that child as a piece of trash. I don't know how you or your family can sleep at night, but I hope you get what you all deserve.

Submitted by mojo71205 on Sat, 03/28/2009 - 11:48pm.

I am one of the victims best friends and me and my husband have been here from the beginning. And no T.J. did not seem violent to me but you cannot judge a book by its cover CLEARLY!! He had NO right to do this to Bradley. I do not give a damn what hes been through, I have two children that are just 13 months apart and its hard. I am a stay at home mom and you have one child and your moms help. I get frustrated yes but never would I hurt them. I have lost my entire family over the last 5 years and that's no reason for me to take that out on my sons. He should have NEVER made a baby that he couldn't care for properly. Money has nothing to do with it, Its the love and care. Kristen is an AMAZING MOTHER to her son and she does everything for him. He will be 10 months soon and he cannot even crawl because of your STUPID A$$ brother. I hate him for what hes done and I hope hes someones B@#$^ in jail and he rots in hell for this. I have no sympathy for him or anyone whos on his side.

The Wesolkos

Submitted by ConcernedCitizen77 on Fri, 10/16/2009 - 1:48am.

I am another close friend of Kristen's and I have also known the Bowman family for quite a while. I hope they all rot in hell. Kristen is surrounded by plenty of people that love and care for her and her precious son. She knows we will all be there for her, no matter what and that's what will get her through. She is one of the strongest people I know and I love her to death! The Bowman family is the biggest group of white trash I have ever had the misfortune of meeting.

Submitted by ks0102 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:19am.

I got news for you he will probably get out sooner than you think and another thing she isn't an amzaing mother, beleive me. I have known this girl since highschool and even then people said she was stupid and crazy. Savannah Bowman

Submitted by ks0102 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:16am.

I guess you are the one who likes the sensation of a two year old sucking on your breast since you obviuosly don't know how to ween them off and give them a sippie cup. Savannah Bowman

Submitted by therapy on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 10:59am.

You have no ideal of what you are talking about either so you need to keep your mouth shout.I don't know you and you don't know me but i can tell you this.The only reason you are even putting your comment up here is try and my him look bad.I tell you that you need to clean around your on back yard before you dig in someone elses trash.You would have full time job taking care of your own .And if Bradley's is so great then why is it that her family does'nt even speak to her grandparent's that's because she told her parents that the grandfather had been messing with her and they had to bring her home from college because she was a drunk and and sleeping with everything that a pair of pant's on.And when she was married to T.J she would dress like a whore when she would go pick him up from work and make comments about did he think the guys at his job would look at her and would he get mad so she is not in any way a victum in this the only one that is a victum is that inncent baby.But she is not a saint in any shape form or fashion.

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Submitted by dawn69 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:03am.

"...she would dress like a whore...."

Now, are you judging her? Be careful - hell's waiting for you!!

Submitted by ks0102 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:39am.

Why don't you take your bible tumping butt on somewhere, no body wants to hear that your going to hell bull.
Savannah Bowman

Submitted by Incognito on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 12:53pm.

that the ones that refer to "bible tumping butt"'s tend to be the people in very dear need of its guidance and direction. Feel free to take your story to Springer. It seems to fit you.

Submitted by therapy on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:10am.

I am not judging i know for a fact who and what she is.But as i said the only one suffering here is the child and that's all any one should care about.I have no more to say about this case because it will not change the fact that a child has suffered and he cannot ever be the same and my heart goes out to him.

Submitted by blessing002003 on Sat, 03/28/2009 - 3:20pm.

I am sorry for all the losses your family has suffered, but it does not give you the right to make the the victims the bad people. T.J. made his own decisions. I have been through several tough times throughout my life, but I have not abused my child no matter who died, or how bad anyone has treated me. Now having said that I know T.J. did not take more care of Bradley than Kristen. I also know that you have not set eyes on Bradley since he was in the hospital. If you had you would know he can not focus his eyes on you. I have held him several times. Furthermore, not every shaken baby case causes as much damage as T.J. caused, and some cause more damage. Knowing that I find it distasteful that you would treat the victims in this situation with disdain. You know almost nothing about your nephew and your sister in-law. Your comment shows it. I wish you peace in your life. I hope you grow wiser and a lot more nice. We as people should always continue to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. God bless.

Submitted by ks0102 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 6:27pm.

She aint my sister in- law she has been dead to me since the day she married my brother.Another thing the only victim in the sitautin is bradley not his mother or her parents, but they all act like it. And i treat her family with disdain because that is the way her family treated mine, calling us trailer park trash, you know as the old saying goes "takes on to know one ". You can't sit here and judge me because you don't know me and I don't know you and yes I could give a crap less whether or not her and her family died tomorrow, I would probably laugh. I am also a very mean person when it comes to someone I don't like, Oh let me rephrase that someone I loath entirely and she is one of them along with her leprachaun looking dad and her pencil neck mother. Savannah Bowman

Submitted by ks0102 on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:37am.

I know her pretty well. I know the hell she put my brother through and just from watching her body language and the way she would always try to be the center of attention, I know the only reason she wanted a baby is so people would pay attention to her. My own father was the world's best at reading people and he wouldn't even stay in a room with her by himself cause he new she was a manipulative liar. Just like she told my side of the family that her mother tried to kill herself three times, her dad filmed her grandfather molesting her and that her parents locked her and her brother in the basement and forced them to have sex. Also my side of the family would be able to see bradley and know how he is doing if she would let us. The entire time we were there for the trial she wouldn't let my mother see him and that violates her rights as a grandmother. Like I said she aint not saint. She got what she wanted from my brother, his money and a child. But the thing I don't understand is if she hates him so much for what he did why hasn't she sent him any divorce papers. In my opinion that would be one of the first things I would do. Savannah Bowman

Submitted by ConcernedCitizen77 on Fri, 10/16/2009 - 1:41am.

You are officially the dumbest human being I have ever had the misfortune of meeting. She tried many times to let your family know how Bradley was doing. I know for a fact that she has tried to share pictures and updates about Bradley with your family. The disgusting people that you refer to as members of your family have completely ignored that child since your sicko brother did what he did. No matter what the problems in their relationship, it takes a certain kind of person to do that to an innocent infant. Kristen will be responsible for taking care of what your brother did to her son for the rest of her life. Nothing she could have ever done, would've warranted that. And in case you chose to ignore this small fact, the MRI's proved that your brother had done this before. It was not a response to anger. He is just a psychotic, disgusting human being and deserves to die.

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Submitted by southern tinkerbelle on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 5:28pm.

This story just breaks my heart. This innocent child's life has forever been changed because his "father" the one who's to protect and provide for his infant son lost control. Sad,sad,sad my heart breaks for this family.

Submitted by kbmmbb on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 8:32pm.

I am disgusted with my fellow citizens. I have been following this case closely for some time now, and I believe a few things need to be set straight. Did anyone on the jury know that while Bowman was too "scared" to tell the doctors what had happened to Bradley that the pressure inside of his brain was steadily growing destroying more tissue second after second. What could have been, had he been honest and told the truth when the police arrived at the house? Could the doctors have stoped the pressure from building inside of his head and maybe have spared Bradley more brain damage? ABSOLUTELY!!! Did anyone one on the jury know that Bradley had TWO seizures the very next day. The first of which lasted over 30 MINUTES, and the second over an HOUR?! And yes, that destroyed more of that innocents baby's brain! Did the jury know that Neuro-tissue CANNOT be regrown? Once it is lost, it is lost. One does NOT simply grow a new brain. Did anyone on the jury know that Bradley claws at his left had and eyes out of sheer frustration? That it is almost as if he remembers that he WAS NOT BORN THIS WAY!! Did anyone on the jury consider that his mother would have to watch her baby scream out in frustration and pain every day for the rest of his life? Did anyone on the jury know that Bradley had been diagnosed CORTICALLY BLIND (that is where your eyes work normally, but your brain cannot see), and with EPILEPSY?! Those two things will never go away? No amount of therapy can cure this. Bradley will be forever changed. Bradley will forever be forced to swallow bitter medicines just to keep him from seizing. Will he ever walk? Will he ever talk? No one knows. What a horrible feeling that must be to watch your child knowing what might have been. Knowing that your child was not born this way, but that your husband, the one person you should be able to count on, GOT MAD!!! So, to the jurors and to Judge English: I have never been more disappointed in my fellow man. Has anyone considered what might happen once Mr. Bowman is released? What if he remarries one day and has another little boy, and GETS MAD and shakes that baby. But, lets say that that baby doesn't make it because 1 IN 4 SHAKEN BABIES DIES. Are you going to believe he is dangerous then? Or are you going to believe that he didn't mean to do it, that finances were just bad, maybe someone even died in his family again? But, maybe then you will wonder WHAT IF I DID THE RIGHT THING AND SENT THAT MAN WHERE HE NEEDED TO GO AS LONG AS I COULD? People like this are dangerous my friends, and it even appears that his lies to play on your sympathies outweighed the screams of that beautiful little boy and the tears of his mother. IN THE END THE CRIMINAL WON!! I hope you can rest well tonight knowing this. GOOD NIGHT!!!

Submitted by ks0102 on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 4:17pm.

I know my brother made more than the wife so he paid all the bills that is why he was working over time. They would have had more money if the wife didn't like to eat out all the time and didn't spend $7500 dollers on a flat screen television.
Savannah Bowman

Submitted by ConcernedCitizen77 on Fri, 10/16/2009 - 1:33am.

Your brother is a sick human being and I hope he gets 10 times worse in prison than he has sentenced that poor child and mother to. I hope he gets beaten to within an inch of his life and then brought back again to relive the pain day after day.

Submitted by EricM on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 12:09pm.

I was there for the case and I heard what the jury heard. Yes the jury did hear that baby Bradley has seizures. Yes they did hear that he is going to be blind. I agree that he should have to serve more than 10 years. Being a criminal justice student I understand why the jury did what they did. They can only make a decision based on what they hear. And the prosecutor has to prove certain elements of the crime. They probably voted the way they did because they felt like certain elements weren't met. One being intent. Now I believe there was more there than the father is saying. Any reasonable person knows you don't shake a baby and doing so is reckless and can be inferred that harm will result (which was the prosecutors point) Having a 3 1/2 month old son myself I would never shake him out of anger or "frustration" as the father said. He claimed he had all of these things on his mind and the prosector showed that his "financial" defense was crap. He was current on his house payment. The car was payed of and his wife payed most of the bills. Before you post please make sure you know all of the facts. The justice system, though flawed at times, is better than any justice system in the world.

Submitted by blessing002003 on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 8:07pm.

For a criminal justice student you should know the jury had no business making the decision they made. I respect that you sat in the court room, but the people making comments know more about this situation than you. I hope you don't take me as being rude, because I am not trying to be. The prosecutor made it clear that you DID NOT have to have intent to get the felony charge. He just had to commit the crime of his own free will, which he did. He chose to shake him. He should of had all three felony charges. Hearing what happened and living what happened are two different things. It is atrocious that he only had a slap on the hand. We don't have to wonder why our prisons are overflowing with criminals. It is because the punishments don't fit the crime. I believe our justice system is correct allowing a trial, but having said that when someone admits to a crime as horrendous as this more than four times, they should have a more harsh punishment. Thank you for your time not only reading the article, but also reading our comments as well.

Submitted by ks0102 on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 3:46pm.

I dont knwo if you where in that court room but the judge and the defense attornney said he had to prove intent it is called malice next time PAY ATTENTION
Savannah Bowman

Submitted by EricM on Mon, 03/23/2009 - 9:01am.

I agree with you. The jury shouldn't have made the decision they made. And I agree that looking at the elements of a crime for aggravated assault one element does say intent and the next element says " likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury." So it seems vague and it depends on what both sides agreed to have the jury instructed with. Before a trial prosecution and defense sit with the judge and decide what elements the jury will be told. I say he is guilty as sin and should get 20 on both counts of agg. assault and another 20 for cruelty to children. But here is the problem with the system, the jury is "supposed" to only make a decision on what they hear and I was just saying they did what they did because they felt that the elements weren't shown. It all boils down to who they believe. They just happened to believe the defense more and their "intent" defense. And I'm not claiming that I know more than anyone else but I just know what was in court and not many people were in court so I am assuming that what people have heard is based on the news, which isn't always correct. If you have a closer relationship to this case then please accept my deepest sympathy for Bradley. No one deserves to go through what he has gone through. I take no offense to your comment. It just gives me a chance to use my education to give info people may not know.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 12:30pm.

10 years is a long time. It is double what a man was just sentenced too for killing a man outside a bar. Also, if this guy is in jail who s going to pay child support. This child is going to have a very rough and expensive life ahead of him and whether his monster of a Dad does 1 year,10 years or twenty years it will make no difference to the kid.

SO, yes I do think the Dad should be punished severly. I just don't think the number of years in jail matters nearly as much as making sure ths guy stays far away from his son and also making sure this guy does everything possible to take care of this kid. (From a long distance) The distance being the real punishment.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Mon, 03/30/2009 - 11:52am.

That it is better, both on a punishment basis as well as monetarily, to kill someone outright before you permanently maim them. Maiming and altering someone's nature life is more universally harsher restitution.

Submitted by mysteryman on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 9:37pm.

As the fires will be fully stoked upon his arrival, no doubt.....PEACE

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Submitted by masked08 on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 11:56am.

I hope they put you in general population, Bowman. Even convicts have a code.

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Submitted by ManofGreatLogic on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 5:28pm.

This man made such a tremendous error. It's hard to imagine that three seconds of rage can change the lives of so many people forever.

Like a previous person said, sometimes you have to just walk away. It's okay to walk away.

America is a violent nation. We shouldn't be surprised that so many Americans resort to violence to solve their problems. It's taught to us by our government and the mass media.

We are all to blame.

Christ and Christ alone can heal and bring peace. Any other way is the path to hell.

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Submitted by kew96692003 on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 10:39am.

How can anyone hurt thier child in such a way?

I have a 16 mth old daughter and would KILL anyone who attempted to hurt her, someone should shake him until his spinal chord disconnects and he is left looking at the world but unable to be a part of it anymore! I'm sure his first thought was not that he would destroy his own flesh and bloods life, it seems as though his thoughts were more of himself even after the fact.

Submitted by localcop on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 3:48am.

I cannot believe that the jury in the Bowman case reduced the charges from Aggravated Battery (Felony) to the lesser charge of Battery! Bradley Bowman, THE VICTIM, is damaged FOREVER! He has no second chance at life. His was stolen from him by an angry, selfish bully who could not control himself. Shame on the jurors, and shame on the judge for sentencing the father to only 10 years in prison of a possible 20 year sentence for the crime of Cruelty to Children. The child and the mother have both been given life sentences by the father. No consideration was given to them, just that the father "must live with what he has done" according to Judge English. Who cares about that? He can SEE because he is not blind like Bradley. He can ROLL OVER, unlike Bradley. He can SIT UP, unlike Bradely. He can MOVE HIS LEFT SIDE, unlike Bradley, who is PARALIZED like a stroke victim after the attack. We must respect our justice system. Too bad it does not respect it's victims. Hope you twelve can rest well at night knowing that you sent the message that the life of the ATTACKER is more valuable than an innocent baby. And Judge English should consider the mother and the child living with what the PERPETRATOR did to them, not the PERPETRATOR living with what he has done to all of us. He proved unworthy of sympathy when he shook an innocent baby so violently that his brain dissolved.

Submitted by blessing002003 on Wed, 03/18/2009 - 2:37pm.

I find it severely disturbing that anyone who nearly kills their infant can be touching at any time. I also find it equally disturbing to know that anyone who almost kills their child will only get ten years in prison! I am appalled that such acts are taken so lightly. We sit back and wonder why people in The United States of America keep hurting babies and children. I would like to suggest to you it is because our justice system is too easy on these criminals.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Wed, 03/18/2009 - 2:03pm.

I had been the sole person home for my infant to toddler children (back in the day) when they were extremely upset and I could not make them stop crying. On a couple of occasions I would place them in the crib, ensure that they were safe, and walk out of the room and shut the door for about 10 minutes. By that time, the frustration was gone, and I was able to deal effectively with the child. If you feel like you can lose control, ensure the kid is safe and leave the room for awhile. Stuff like this wont happen then.

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