Foster parent blinded toddler

February 12, 2008 4:17:33 AM PST
A foster parent in Waco has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after admitting he hurt a toddler in his care by shaking her. A relative of the child says the injury resulted in the now-3-year-old girl being left blind. Matthew Lewis Anderson, 51, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree felony injury to a child, with serious bodily injury, over the April 2 incident.

The girl had been removed from her parents in Bosque County. Her grandmother, in a victim impact statement, testified the child is now blind as a result of her injuries. The name of the child was not released.

Defense attorney Rob Swanton says Anderson is devastated by what happened to the girl and is "very remorseful."

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