An Idaho Falls man was sentenced to jail Monday, nearly a year after he injured his infant son by shaking him and tossing him on the floor.
District Judge Joel Tingey sentenced Haymore to 45 days in jail and four years on probation. He also fined Haymore $500.
Dallin Haymore, 21, called 911 on Christmas Eve 2016 to report his son was ill. The infant was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Haymore told first responders the boy had fallen from the couch and landed on his feeding tube, but later told police he had shaken the baby twice before. The infant had recently been through heart surgery.
Haymore said the baby was crying at 2 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2016, and would not calm down. Haymore told police he “snapped” and shook the child two or three times. He then stood up and tossed the baby, aiming for a pillow, but hitting the floor instead. Haymore said he did not shake the baby on Dec. 24.
The baby was treated and did not suffer permanent injuries from the incident. The child was placed into protective custody with child protective services before being returned to his mother. Haymore has only been allowed to meet with his son under supervision.
Hope Davis, Haymore’s wife and the infant’s mother, testified at his sentencing.
“In the beginning when this happened I was really, really angry, and my first thought was divorce,” Davis said.
Since the incident, Davis said Haymore has taken anger management and has improved as a father. Davis, her mother and Haymore’s boss all sent letters of support to the judge.
“I’ve chosen to forgive him, and I stand by that,” Davis said.
She also asked the judge to remove the requirement that Haymore be supervised with her son. The parents are reluctant to send the child to a daycare due to his weak immune system, and allowing Haymore to watch him would work better with their work schedule.
Both attorneys said Haymore could succeed on probation, but disagreed on lifting the supervision requirement. Defense attorney Stevan Thompson said Haymore has been living with his wife and the two have been doing well. Bonneville County Deputy Prosecutor Tanner Crowther said he was concerned given the vulnerability of the child, but said Haymore should be allowed to work the felony charge off.
Tingey did not remove the protective order, saying he would leave it to the discretion of Idaho Health and Welfare.
Haymore said he felt guilty for his actions.
“I feel sorry for putting my family through this,” Haymore said. “I feel a lot more stable, and I’ve learned from this experience.”
Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.