Man imprisoned for assault on infant

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WALLA WALLA — A man convicted of breaking the ribs of his infant daughter was sentenced to prison Monday.

Thomas N. Caldwell, 35, will serve six years and three months, the high end of the standard sentencing range. He had entered a guilty plea in November to second-degree assault of child.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Caldwell did not admit guilt, but acknowledged the prosecution had evidence that could convict him.

Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht turned down a request by the defense that Caldwell be given the low end of the sentencing range.

In addition to the prison term, Caldwell was also ordered to pay $1,712.30 in court costs. Upon his release he was also ordered to serve 18 months of community custody, a form of probation. He was given credit for 202 days he has already served in jail.

Officials said Caldwell, of 708 S. College Ave., No. 204, College Place, forcibly grabbed and squeezed his baby — breaking seven of her ribs — probably around the end of October or first of November last year when she was 7 to 7 1/2 months old.

The injuries came to light when the child’s mother, Amber D. Dublinski, took the child to Walla Walla General Hospital on Jan. 9 because she wasn’t thriving. X-rays revealed the baby’s injuries, which were healing, and authorities were notified.

Caldwell was arrested in College Place on May 15 and booked into Walla Walla County Jail. His criminal history includes rape of a child and unlawful imprisonment in the 1990s.

The child has since been placed in foster care and is reportedly doing well.

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