Columbus Man Gets Prison for Head-Butting Infant Son

Jeremy Hetrick

A Columbus man has been has been given six to ten years behind bars for head-butting his infant son.

Judge Robert Steinke sentenced 25-year-old Jeremy Hetrick last week for attempted child abuse after Hetrick made a deal with prosecutors last month to plead no contest to the reduced charge.

Prosecutors say Hetrick had abused the 4-month-old boy at a Columbus apartment he shared with the boy's mother.

Court records say Hetrick called 911 on Jan. 22 to report that his son had stopped breathing. Police Capt. Bret Strecker stated in an affidavit that doctors later said the boy had bleeding on the brain and three healed rib fractures.

Strecker said Hetrick acknowledged that he'd lost patience when his son became fussy that night, had squeezed the boy and then head-butted him very hard.