For Immediate Release - May 01, 2012

Lynn Man Sentenced to 9-12 Years For Inflicting Permanent Brain Damage On Infant Daughter

Salem Superior Court Judge Howard J. Whitehead this morning sentenced Jose Aquino, 29, of Lynn, to 9-12 years in state prison for inflicting permanent brain and vision damage on his 2-month-old daughter in 2009.                                

A jury found Aquino guilty of assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury yesterday following a six-day trial. The jury deliberated for three hours before returning its verdict.

The charges against the baby’s mother, Maely Quinones, 25, of Lynn, were directed out by Judge Whitehead after grand jury testimony by a key witness was not allowed into evidence.  Without that testimony, there was insufficient evidence to prove the charges against Quinones.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate B. MacDougall proved that Aquino violently shook the baby on July 28, 2009, causing severe bleeding on her brain, brain injury, and vision damage from which she will never fully recover.  Doctors told the jury that the baby’s injuries could only have been inflicted by severely shaking the infant within hours of her admission to North Shore Children’s Hospital.

MacDougall praised the investigative work of Lynn Police Lt. Marie Hanlon, Lynn Police Detectives Tim Ferrari and Tom Mulvey, and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Brandon Arakelian.  MacDougall also praised the work of doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital and social workers at DCF, who have devoted themselves to the baby’s recovery.