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Savannah man pleads guilty in 2002 infant death


A Savannah man pleaded guilty, as part of a plea deal, to voluntary manslaughter in Chatham County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Patrick Daniel Sullivan, 36, agreed to plead guilty in return for a 20 year sentence. He has spent more than 12 years in prison for injuries to an infant that lead to the child's eventual death.

The terms of the agreement includes Sullivan serve a 12 year, three month term with the intent of being released on time served.

Sullivan was babysitting his girlfriend's son in September 2001, and while she was gone, EMS was called to the residence. The boy was unresponsive and Sullivan told officials he was not sure what happened.

The baby arrived to the hospital in a coma with brain injuries and signs of shaken baby syndrome. He later died from his injuries.

Sullivan initially said the child had fallen from a couch, but later admitted he grabbed the child by the shoulders because he would not stop crying.

Sullivan was convicted of aggravated assault by a jury in April 2002 and sentenced to 20 years. He appealed in October 2013 and the conviction was reversed. He was re-indicted on Feb. 4 on a felony murder charge.

Sullivan must now serve the rest of his sentence on probation, and he is barred from contact with his ex-girlfriend and her family.

Probation will be suspended if he leaves the state of Georgia.

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