Father sentenced to 16 years for putting crying baby in freezer
TACOMA, Wash. – A man convicted of putting his newborn daughter in the freezer to stop her crying has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
KOMO reported that Tyler Deutsch, 26, of Roy, Wash., was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in January to first degree assault of a child.
Prosecutors said Deutsch beat his 6-week-old daughter before putting her in the freezer at his trailer on May 25, 2013.
Deutsch was home alone with the baby and wanted to take a nap, but the baby wouldn’t stop crying, according to prosecutors.
So he reportedly put the infant, wearing just a diaper, in the freezer, which had a bag of ice and frozen cauliflower.
Deutsch reportedly pulled the baby out of the freezer when he heard the baby’s mother return to their trailer. Prosecutors said the baby had been in the freezer for about 90 minutes.
The child reportedly had blistered skin and a body temperature of around 84 degrees. She was treated for a head injury, a broken arm and leg and blisters, but has since fully recovered.
Prosecutors said Deutsch wouldn’t let the baby’s mother call 911 because he was afraid he would get in trouble. The mother reportedly got help from a neighbor.