Cumberland County, Tennessee, man gets 17 years in prison in Rhea child abuse case

photo Jesse Lynn Wyatt, 24, of Cumberland County, Tenn.

A Cumberland County, Tennessee, man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison in connection with a 2017 "shaken baby" case.

Jesse Lynn Wyatt, 26, pleaded guilty last week to aggravated child abuse of a child less than 8 years old and was sentenced by Rhea County Criminal Court Judge Justin Angel in a battering case involving a 7-month-old girl who spent weeks in a hospital recovering from her injuries.

According to Rhea County Criminal Court documents, Wyatt was sentenced to serve the sentence at 100% as a standard offender under the 2005 state statute called Haley's Law, which stiffens the penalties for cases involving children younger than 8.