A father will serve a decade behind bars after his newborn son suffered critical injuries while in his care.
The defendant, Joseph Paul Mosca Jr., was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley after he entered a guilty plea to the charge of aggravated child neglect of a child under the age of 8. He will be required to serve the sentence in its entirety without the benefit of early release.
Mosca’s sentence comes after his son was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for a second time in his young life when he was less than 6 months old. On that date, doctors said the boy had suffered multiple bone fractures and required emergency treatment. They also said it appeared there were older injuries to the child which had healed prior to his last treatment at Vanderbilt.
“The doctors said it was a case of child abuse,” said sheriff’s investigator Jason Rowland. “And, it is obvious that a baby at that young age isn’t able to do anything on its own, let alone something that would cause broken bones.”
A look into the medical history of the boy revealed when he was just a few days old he suffered a major ear injury where his ear had to be partially re-attached. At that time, the boy’s mother was somewhat bedridden after delivery and the baby was in the care of his father.
While there were no witnesses that it was Mosca who caused the injuries to his baby, investigators were able to narrow it down to show he was the only one who would have been in charge of the infant when the injuries happened.