UPDATE: Tempe man gets 17 years for abusing son

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UPDATE MARCH 27:

TEMPE -- County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced Friday that Louis Anthony Quinones, 22, of Tempe, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison on a child abuse charge related to the injuries he inflicted upon his then 2-month-old son in April 2008.

The State had been seeking the maximum sentence of 24 years.

According to a Tempe police probable cause statement, the baby was admitted into Banner Desert Hospital on April 6. Following a medical examination, a doctor determined that the child had a skull fracture, an injury to the brain, and rib fractures. Two of the rib fractures were from a previous injury.

During a police interview, Quinones admitted to shaking his son the day before the hospital visit approximately five times. He said that after the incident that his son was limp, his head was still moving, and his eyes were rolled back.

Quinones also admitted to throwing his son on the couch on previous occasions and holding him upside down by one foot.

"A helpless baby was cruelly and viciously harmed in this very tragic case," Thomas said.

Quinones pleaded guilty to child abuse on Nov. 24.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

TEMPE -- The father of a 2-month-old has been arrested for child abuse.

Police say Louis Anthony Quinones, 21, admitted to shaking the baby after becoming frustrated from the child's crying on Saturday.

The child's mom took the infant to the hospital after she noticed the child was having difficulty eating.

The baby's injuries consisted of a skull fracture, closed head injury and seven fractured ribs, two of which may have occurred prior to Saturday's incident, according to Tempe police Sgt. Cindy Davies.

The child is in serious but stable condition.

Davies said Quinones was booked into Maricopa County Jail for one count of child abuse.