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Guilty plea in shaken-baby case

Dixon man sentenced to 18 years

DIXON – A Dixon man who once faced a murder charge has received an 18-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated battery of a child in the death of his infant daughter.

Charles T. George, 36, was arrested in September 2010. Police said he had slammed his daughter, Tamari, onto the floor, fracturing her skull and causing severe brain injury, rib fractures and retinal detachments. She died later at a Rockford hospital.

Three counts of aggravated battery to a child and one count of aggravated domestic battery were dismissed in exchange for his plea, and he was given credit for time served, which is 3 years, 8 months and 4 days.

He will have 3 years of mandatory supervision and must register as a violent offender against youth for 10 years after his release.

George entered his plea just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said. He had been scheduled to go to trial June 16.

Until recently, George also faced a charge of first-degree murder, but it was dropped because of "speedy trial" rules.

Because the murder charge was added more than 120 days after his original demand for a speedy trial, the state wasn't allowed to prosecute that more serious charge.

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