A Coos County man who violently shook a 5-month-old girl, and left her permanently blind and paralyzed will serve a minimum of six years

A Coos County man who violently shook a 5-month-old girl, and left her permanently blind, paralyzed and now suffering seizures, will serve a minimum of six years, though possibly less, in state prison after his plea and sentencing Wednesday at Coos Superior Court. Hunter Berry, 23, pleaded guilty to a felony count of first-degree assault for recklessly causing serious bodily injury and was given a New Hampshire State Prison sentence of 10 to 20 years. Under the sentencing terms, however, he is eligible for two years off his minimum sentence upon completion of mental health counseling and programs and no serious prison infractions, and he has two years of pretrial confinement credit served at the Coos County Houses of Corrections in West Stewartstown, along with being eligible for earned time reduction under New Hampshire statute. The shakings occurred on Feb. 3, 2020, in the apartment building in Whitefield where Berry was living with the girl’s mother. That day, the mother was at work and the girl and her then 2-year-old brother were left in the care of Berry. When the mother returned from work to feed the girl, she saw that her eyes had rolled back into her head. The mother took her to Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster. Berry initially told the mother that the girl’s brother had struck her in the face with a plastic toy, and then later said the injuries occurred when she fell off the bed while her diaper was being changed. However, after being questioned by Whitefield police and state police, Berry admitted to jerking the girl back and forth several times after she fell off the bed and causing Sadie’s head to jerk back and forth. He also admitted to dropping Sadie on the floor and then jerking her back and forth after the drop.

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