LIMA — A young Delphos man who as a teenager severely and repeatedly beat his daughter during the first 10 weeks of her young life was sentenced Monday to a minimum of 32 years in prison.
Anthony Denoyer, 19, showed little emotion throughout the sentencing hearing, often staring vacantly at nothing in particular, it appeared.
Denoyer reportedly admitted to police that he caused the litany of injuries to his young daughter — ranging from 18 broken ribs and multiple skull fractures to a broken femur bone and whiplash — in October of last year at a residence in Delphos. The girl is now 1 year old and has been placed in foster care.
Medical experts said the injuries represented multiple separate physical attacks. Many of the injuries were inflicted while Denoyer was under the influence of crystal methamphetamine, he told the court Monday.
His attorney said Denoyer has a “well-documented history of mental issues and anger issues” and the Delphos man told Judge Jeffrey Reed before sentencing, “I’m asking for help, you honor.”
Speaking on behalf of the young victim was her grandmother, Cindy Marshall, who was wearing a shirt that read “Justice for Gabby.” The woman asked that Denoyer be sentenced to the maximum possible amount of time behind bars.
“Anthony is genuinely remorseful. He has expressed his sorrow and shame for the injuries he inflicted on his own daughter,” said Defense Attorney Kirk McVay from the Ohio Public Defender’s Office.
Denoyer was indicted by an Allen County grand jury in December on the four felonious assault counts, two of which included a specification alleging permanent disabling harm to a child less than the age of 10. He also was indicted on four counts of endangering children, also second-degree felonies.
The specifications indicating permanent harm to the young victim were dismissed, according to Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Basinger, because medical officials at Children’s Hospital in Columbus were unable to make that official determination due to the age of the victim. Basinger, however, said those same medical experts likely saved the young girl’s life.
“It is only through the incredible efforts of the medical providers at Children’s Hospital that this child survived,” he said.
Denoyer entered pleas of guilty in June to four counts of felonious assault, felonies of the second degree, in exchange for the state’s dismissal of all remaining charges..