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Pa. pair sentenced in shaken baby case

June 16, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., man convicted of shaking his infant son last year was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to four to 23 months in county prison, while the child's mother was placed on probation for three years.

Ryan Lynn Ingream, 23, of 249 S. Carlisle St., Apt. B, received the prison sentence from Judge John R. Walker for endangering the welfare of a child and another three years on probation for simple assault, Assistant District Attorney Bret Palmer said.

Jessica Armstrong, 22, of the same address, was placed on probation for one count of endangering the welfare of a child, Palmer said.

Greencastle police began investigating the couple on Feb. 12, 2004, at the request of Franklin County Children and Youth Services, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Police alleged Ingream shook the 3-month-old infant until the child was unconscious on Feb. 6.

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Ingream said he had been trying to go to sleep when the infant began to cry, police said.

The infant first was taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown and then to Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Armstrong also admitted to having shaken the baby on one prior occasion and that Ingream had shaken the baby other times, according to court records.

Armstrong entered a guilty plea in December and Ingream pleaded guilty in April, according to court records.

Palmer said the child sustained no apparent permanent injuries and is in the care of another family.

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