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Sentencing delayed for man charged in son's injury

July 05, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The sentencing of a Waynesboro, Pa., man whose infant son was injured after being thrown into his crib was postponed Wednesday to give the judge time to consider how the sentence will affect the victim.

"I believe it is important to take into account the impact this will have on the victim and tailor it to benefit him," said Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Douglas Herman.

John F. Cramer, 30, of 7670 Anthony Highway, Waynesboro, in May entered a no contest plea to endangering the welfare of a child. In exchange, he will not be prosecuted on charges of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

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As part of the agreement, Cramer will serve a two- to seven-year prison term, but it would be up to the judge if it would be a local or state sentence, said Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom.

However, after meeting with Krom, Cramer and his attorney, Stephen Kulla, in his chambers Wednesday, Herman returned to the courtroom and postponed sentencing until 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Herman said he wants to review a report from the Franklin County Department of Children and Youth and records from juvenile court pertaining to the case.

"There needs to be an exchange of information before I am confident we adequately considered the child's welfare," Herman said.

Cramer allegedly threw his son into his crib while he was caring for him in September 2000, according to court records.

Cramer told police the baby was fussing and around 2:30 p.m. he grabbed the baby by the arms, shook him, then walked into the baby's bedroom and threw him into his cradle, according to court records.

When the child's mother, Jennifer Cramer, returned home from work at 4:30 p.m., she noticed the baby acting differently than normal, court records show. At 10 p.m. they took the 2-month-old to Fulton Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa., and later to Hershey Medical Center's pediatric intensive care unit in Hershey, Pa.

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