A Fernandina Beach man was sentenced to nine years in a state prison after he was adjudicated guilty for aggravated abuse against a child.
Bryan Lars Auck pleaded guilty for best interest Jan. 7 to the charge. He was sentenced April 22.
The charge stemmed from a November 2007 incident in which his newborn child was found during an emergency room visit at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville to have suffered head trauma, the sheriff's office reported.
Auck faced up to 15 years in prison for the crime, according to court documents, and was given credit for 77 days served in the Nassau County Jail.
The child, listed in the report as a girl born Sept. 21, 2007, was transported by rescue Nov. 12, 2007, because she stopped breathing while Auck was home alone feeding her, according to the child's mother.
When Auck was questioned about an earlier incident in which the child hit her head, "he stated that he was holding the child under the arms while she was stepping on his stomach" and "the child pushed off his stomach and hit her head on a nightstand."
Assistant State Attorney Doug Dorsey said in his view, "It's not possible for a child of that age to do that."
"The injuries the child sustained were too extensive to not have resulted from abuse," he added. "The facts made it crystal clear."
But those facts were never argued in front of a jury, as a trial date was never set in the case prior to Auck entering the guilty plea, according to court documents.
Auck also pleaded guilty to a burglary charge resulting from a November 2009 break-in at the River's Edge bar at the corner of Jasmine and 14th streets in Fernandina Beach, according to court documents. He was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to time served in the Nassau County Jail since his February arrest.
Auck was ordered to pay $1,348 in court costs and surcharges and the court also reserved the right for 60 days to determine restitution amounts in the two cases.