Spalding man sentenced to 20 years for aggravated battery against baby


A Spalding County jury on Friday morning convicted Versaches Evans of aggravated battery for fracturing his infant daughter’s ribs.

The baby was only 12-weeks-old when her injuries were discovered.

Evans was charged with additional counts, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on those charges.

For his conviction for aggravated battery, Senior Superior Court Judge Matthew Simmons sentenced Evans to 20 years with the first 12 to be served in prison.

Takiah Wilson, the baby’s biological mother, was also charged with the crimes. She was acquitted of all charges.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Marie Broder and Assistant District Attorney Ashton Fallin. The case was presented over three days and included testimony from law enforcement officers and medical doctors from local hospitals and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“Child abuse cases are exceptionally difficult to prosecute and difficult for juries to consider. I respect the jury’s decision in this case,” said Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker. “My heartfelt thanks goes out to law enforcement, Dr. Messner from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and my staff, especially Marie and Ashton, for their fight for this helpless victim.”


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