Johnston father sentenced to 15 years in prison for abusing 4-month-old son

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Johnston father who physically abused his 4-month-old son in 2017 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Nerohna said Friday Jean Diaz De La Rosa was sentenced to 20 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions with 15 years to serve.

Nerohna De La Rosa will also have to undergo mental health and anger treatment and have no contact with his son.

On Feb. 13, 2017, Johnston police responded to a report of a suspected child abuse after an evaluation of De La Rosa’s son at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Police said the hospital determined that the 4-month-old had seven fractures in both of his legs, including a significant fracture to his left hip and right tibia, and three more fractures in his shoulders.

The Department of Children, Youth and Families was then notified of the incident and placed the infant into their care.

De La Rosa, who’s now 27 years old, was found guilty earlier this year of two counts of first-degree child abuse.

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