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Williams Co. man sentenced for shaking baby

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Thomas Knapp Jr. was sentenced to four years in prison for causing serious injuries to a 9-month-old girl. Thomas Knapp Jr. was sentenced to four years in prison for causing serious injuries to a 9-month-old girl.
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A Williams County man will spend four years behind bars after prosecutors say he caused serious injuries to a 9-month-old baby girl.

In November 2012, an infant was taken to the hospital with injuries so serious, doctors said she may never walk, talk or see again. On Wednesday, the man whom prosecutors say is responsible for those injuries was sentenced.

Thomas Knapp Jr. was convicted of child endangering, a second-degree felony. He has been sentenced to four years behind bars. 
    
Investigators say Knapp was dating the baby's mother at the time and gave baby Lilly shaken baby syndrome.

Knapp took a plea deal back in July, but still claims he is not the one responsible for the injuries.

"If I had done anything, I would have already stepped forward and said something," said Knapp.

While prosecutors say they are satisfied with the sentencing, they still want to see one more thing happen.
   
"A little disappointed in that, we were hoping that to give the victims some closure in this case. That Mr. Knapp would be acknowledging the wrongdoing. And obviously he chose not to do that today," said Williams County prosecuting attorney Kirk Yosick.
    
It has been a tough few months for Lilly's father, Trey Wernsing.

"He definitely didn't get any bit of what he deserved," said Wernsing.
   
As for Lilly, Wernsing says they have been going to therapy and she just sat up for the first time.

"She's a fighter. She keeps on going. She's got the will. We'll get through it," said Wernsing.

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