Man sentenced in Wyatt Hill shaken baby case

Bobby Rushing (Source: Hopkins County Jail)
Bobby Rushing (Source: Hopkins County Jail)
Published: Apr. 2, 2018 at 3:38 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM CDT
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Wyatt Hill (Source: Shelby Hill)
Wyatt Hill (Source: Shelby Hill)

MADISONVILLE, KY (WFIE) - A judge in Hopkins County has sentenced Bobby Rushing to eight years in prison.

He was accused in 2016 of shaking eight-month-old Wyatt Hill, causing severe brain injuries.

It was not clear at first if Wyatt would survive. He is left with blindness and seizures.

"They tell us he'll never walk, he'll never talk, he'll never play, he has two siblings that he can't play with, it's hard," Wyatt's Grandmother Libby Smith explained.

Wyatt was in the courtroom Monday as Rushing was sentenced.

"It was a terrible, terrible accident. And, I really do, from my heart, wish the best for that child, I wouldn't hurt nobody's child, your Honor," Bobby Rushing told the judge.

"That's what he said since day 1. He said it's been an accident. But the medical evidence proves otherwise. That's why he took the plea deal," Wyatt's parents told 14 News.

Wyatt is going to physical and occupational therapy, plus vision and speech therapy. He also relies on a feeding tube.

"To know Wyatt maybe not got a complete victory that we would have liked to have seen, but he has definitely got a victory with them locking him away," Smith added.

"I forgive him for myself and for Wyatt, but I will never forget and I will never stop being angry and I hate him," Wyatt's mother, Shelby Hill, stated.

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