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nicholas-kernechelNORRISTOWN, PA – Nicholas Kernechel, 28, has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for beating his ex-girlfriend’s four-year-old autistic son and extracting three of his teeth.

The incident happened last year after the boy’s mother left him in the care of Kernechel while she went out with friends. The next morning, she found her son sleeping on his bedroom floor with his face beaten, lips swollen and missing three teeth.

The boy told his mother that Kernechel was responsible for his injuries and that he was not nice.

She rushed the boy to the hospital and brought along a bag containing the boy’s teeth. “The teeth were bloody but intact, from the tooth through the top of the root,” authorities said in a statement. A medical examination indicated that his “teeth were pulled out.”

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said the teeth were “physically extracted, removed from his mouth, forcefully” and that afterward, Kernechel left the boy “to suffer overnight until the morning when his mother found him and saw what had been done.”

When interviewed, Kernechel first told officers he had no idea how the boy was injured. He would later change his story and say that he had picked the boy up to take him to the bathroom when the boy slipped out of his arms and face-planted a nightstand. Kernechel says he didn’t treat the injury and instead put the boy back in his bed where he cried for about five minutes.

Kernechel was arrested and would eventually plead guilty to simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person and false reporting. A felony charge of aggravated assault was dropped as part of this plea deal.

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While in court for Kernechel’s sentencing this past Monday, Deputy District Attorney Samantha Cauffman read a statement in court from the mother.

“You are, and always will be, a monster who abused a child with special needs,” the statement said. “I was a mother who trusted you with my son. I completely failed him as a mother.

Kernechel also apologized for his actions, telling the court he was a heroin addict who was high on the night the boy was tortured.

“Those were not the actions of a heroin addict on the nod,” replied Judge Steven T. O’Neill before sentencing Kernechel. “They were not the actions of someone who smoked pot chilling out.”

Cauffman said she was satisfied with the sentence despite it being a lot lighter without the dropped felony charge.

“Since the defendant’s arrest, that child is on the path to getting better and being in a better place,” Cauffman said. “Making him go through the rigors of a trial would have set him back so much.”

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  • IronWoobie

    At least the mom admitted fault in trusting that shithead with her baby. Most parents of autistic kids that I know are EXTREMELY hesitant to trust their kids with someone unless they have been through an extensive vetting process. It’s awesome that the child was verbal enough to be able to tell his mom what happened, and it’s awesome that his mom had the good sense to seek help for her son and punishment for his abuser.

  • Ten years seems like a light sentence for the permanent damage caused by this asshole.

  • JellyBrains

    Real winner of a bf there…

  • 10 yrs??!!Hope he gets raped daily,then beaten to death.

  • Hope some inmates extract his teeth and then use his mouth as a fuck hole.

  • jansav

    Wow. I think this is the first time I have ever seen a mother take responsibility for something like this. Good for her. Good on the judge for not accepting the excuse of “I was a heroin addict” I hope this guy gets his ass beat every effing day! Good luck to the boy, I hope he is getting the support he needs. Bless his heart.

  • Ian-rex

    That last line is haunting. It must be hard to choose whether to use the child to testify

  • Best mother in the history of the site! He, however, has the best, “I’m gonna eat your eyeballs, while jerking it,” face, I’ve seen. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03e350d8e3847ede7b2757c4814764e571687dead56b7035d6f53da26c439c93.jpg

  • Another day ,another kid abused by the mother’s boyfriend. 🙁

  • Clay

    My thought exactly. I think that it should further the punishment , not lessen it. Meaning that if the perp does something to a child and expects to get a lighter punishment BECAUSE it will further traumatize the child. Then he should get MORE punishment, not rewarded by it.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I am not sure how this child was “set back,” but one thing is sure: this kid’s sacrifice to participate in this man’s conviction contributed more to society than many people in their entire lives. Thanks for moving this psychopath’s ass out of society. This asshole needs to be sued in civil court and as part of the settlement when he gets out, he can have no contact with the victim and his family.

  • Ann Stone

    Yeah, blame heroin, asshole.

  • wowzie,,um.I can’t seem to get a handle on this

  • itsknotme

    “Those were not the actions of a heroin addict on the nod,” replied Judge Steven T. O’Neill

    If you’re trying to make the autopsy as difficult as possible, you begin by Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz,

  • Peach69

    Wow monster,u rot in hell n get beatup n rape in jail.

  • scotsims

    This one – I don’t know why of all the items read here was punch in the gut.

    Here’s to Kernechel having an exquisitely painful and tortuous death – Or maybe one of those waking comas where the patient is awake while appearing comatose – and suffering horribly for the 70 years he’ll live.

  • TexasStacy

    I can’t place the guy…but doesn’t this douche look like an actor? Hmmm…damnit, hate that!!!

  • Lorraine Nation

    Stop leaving your children with boyfriends.

  • Sejanus

    Good on the mom for owning up to her failures in this.
    Hope the victim can move as far away from this event as possible.

  • This is crazy…. all these “boyfriends” hurting and killing these poor children. When is this system going to learn that these people need to pay for what they have done and continue to do??

  • Atrixwolfe

    Whoops! I replied to the wrong comment Move along, nothing to read here!

  • Atrixwolfe

    Desmond Harrington, maybe? (I replied to the wrong comment with this, duh me!)

  • DanI Rae

    That poor, poor baby. I have an autistic brother so this hits close to home. He’s 23 now, and has come a long way, but I still see him as an innocent kid most days. To think of that little boy getting his teeth pulled, then having to fall asleep alone, not knowing what in god’s name just happened….. kill that monster who did this to him. He is not a Human.