Oregon man found guilty of toddler assault

A gavel is shown in a U.S. courtroom (MGN online)
A gavel is shown in a U.S. courtroom (MGN online)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A Josephine County man convicted of attacking his 2-year-old stepson faces more than seven years in prison.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports 34-year-old Damien Gulick was accused of kneeing the toddler in the stomach as part of an attack touched off when the child switched a TV on and off, causing lights to flicker as Gulick did kitchen work.

Prosecutors said veins ruptured in the boy’s skull, and he now has a wandering eye and a head scar.

Gulick’s lawyers said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and had a blackout, or “dissociative episode.”

Judge Thomas Hull heard the case. He delivered a guilty plea on Wednesday.

A sentencing date hasn’t been set. Under Oregon’s mandatory minimum sentencing law, Gulick faces at least 7 1/2 years in prison.

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