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Beaver Dam man sentenced to 8 years in prison abuse of infant

February 15, 2019
Keyser

JUNEAU — A 24-year-old Beaver Dam man will spend the next eight years in prison for physically abusing an 8-month-old girl, causing her to have permanent brain damage.

Raymond Donald Keyser was sentenced by Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer and also will serve five years on extended supervision.

“The child in this case was totally helpless, an infant,” Bauer said during the sentencing, according to a press release from the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office. “We are dealing with brain injuries that are permanent, debilitating and life changing.”

Keyser was found guilty Nov. 16 following a three-day jury trial.

During the trial, the child’s mother recounted how the child has continuing physical and cognitive problems.

Keyser was watching the girl at a home on Highway 33 on the night of Feb. 15, 2015, when he called 911 saying that the baby had hit her head on the carpet after falling about 2 feet. The baby was having trouble breathing and was in and out of consciousness. The baby also had vomited.

When deputies arrived, they were notified the baby was en route to Beaver Dam Community Hospital and Flight For Life had been called to transfer the baby to UW Hospital in Madison. The baby started having seizures before she was transported to the hospital.

Keyser told deputies he had been playing video games on the bed and the baby was on the bed as well, in a car seat. He said when he hopped off the bed to go assist another child, the baby, who was not buckled in the seat, fell out.

Several doctors who examined the girl in 2015 at UW Hospital believed Keyser’s story was false. The UW Hospitals Child Protection Team made the diagnosis of “definitive physical abuse of a child.”

“A civilized society cannot tolerate violence leading to the severe irreparable harm to children,” Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said.

Klomberg recommended the maximum sentence of 10 years prison followed by five years of supervision allowed for the crime. “The maximum penalty allowed does not begin to adequately address the severity of the crime,” he said.