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Child assault defendant sentenced to county prison

August 10, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

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Cody S. Vaughan

A Saxonburg man was sentenced to county prison in Butler County Court on Thursday after being charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend's 20-month-old child.

Cody S. Vaughan, 27, was sentenced to nine to 18 months in Butler County Prison by county Judge William Shaffer after previously pleading guilty to misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

He was also ordered to undergo 24 months of county probation following the expiration of his parole, and have no contact with victim or caregivers.

Michelle Bender, grandmother of the victim, spoke during the proceeding Thursday, saying her granddaughter was “let down by everyone in the justice system.”

“She suffered in ways unimaginable,” she said. “The pain that was inflicted is unreal. No child deserves to face this pain and agony. The actions taken by Cody are truly unforgivable.”

Medical reports described the injuries that included a black eye, split lip, other head and facial bruises and red circular marks on the child's stomach, forearm and right buttock.

Saxonburg Police said the infant was left hospitalized with those numerous injuries.

Vaughan was charged with assaulting the infant in June, when he was baby-sitting the girl at his home on Butler Road, where he lives with his mother. The child's mother, who was dating Vaughan at the time, had left the child in his care, police said.

Police said Vaughan burned the girl, possibly with a cigarette, hit, slapped and bit her, and allowed her to fall headlong from a bed onto the floor.

Authorities subsequently determined those injuries were the result of “physical abuse” at the hands of Vaughan, documents said.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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