On Monday, 32-year-old Calvin Taylor of Oneonta pled guilty to two counts of aggravated child abuse (Class A felony) in the 2019 abuse of his 4-week-old daughter and 15-month-old son. Jury selection was set to begin in the afternoon.He was sentenced to 20 years for each child.
In January 2020, doctors determined the girl had a broken femur and broken ribs as well as a head injury that caused a brain bleed. After discovering the girl’s injuries, records show that DHR took the girl’s 15-month-old brother to Children’s Hospital for examination because he had external bruising. The exam showed he had a fractured jaw.
Taylor has been in the Blount County Correctional Facility since his arrest.Blount County District Attorney Pamela L. Casey commended the work of Blount County Investigator Ed Hull and the Blount County Department of Human Resources for their work on the case.
“The most precious gift we can be given is that of the life of a child,” Casey said. “To see the senseless and horrific trauma that these children endured at the hands of their own father is sickening. As a mother, it is a privilege to get to be a voice for those children who can’t speak for themselves.”
The children have been adopted and are being cared for in their forever home.