Santa Rosa County jurors found a Milton man guilty Wednesday of shaking an infant to the point of permanent damage to the child’s brain and eyes.
Wilky Pierre Toussiant, age 36, was found guilty of aggravated child abuse in connection with a July 17, 2015 incident. Toussaint immigrated to the United States from Haiti in 2010.
Toussaint physically abused a 4 month old infant whose mother had left the child in his care. Toussaint claimed he had left the child alone on the couch while he went to the bathroom and that upon returning he found that the child had vomited and was not breathing.
The baby was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital where doctors found severe retinal hemorrhages in both of the child’s eyes and swelling of the brain. State expert witnesses testified at trial that the injuries to the child were consistent with being shaken violently.
This shaking caused a severe brain injury which resulted in strokes and seizures that permanently affected the left side of the child’s body. As a result of the abuse, the child is developmentally delayed and has permanent damage to its eye sight.
A sentencing hearing before Judge Ross Goodman is scheduled for June 27. Toussaint faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in state prison.