Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

The sentencing hearing for William Barber, who was earlier this year convicted of shaking his infant daughter so severely the girl has been left with brain damage and other permanent disabilities has been delayed. He was to have been sentenced 2 p.m. Wednesday.

A new sentencing date has not been set.

Barber had been charged in 2008 with child abuse and aggravated battery. Barber was convicted of shaking his then-two-month old daughter so badly she was left severely brain damaged. The girl, who is now three, remains in foster care and is severely disabled and cannot stand.

“The quality of life of this child is horrible,” Assistant Attorney General Christine Ladner, who prosecuted the case said at the time. “This case is three years old.

Ladner has requested an upward sentencing departure and Lynch will rule later on the motion. Aggravated battery normally carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison and child abuse carries a maximum three year sentence. Ladner is asking Lynch to double those and have them run consecutively which would give Barber a maximum of 18 years in prison.

Barber remains in the Cherokee County Jail awaiting sentencing.