CLAYTON — A Florissant father found guilty this summer of breaking 30 bones in his 6-week-old son’s body was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison.
Circuit Judge Ellen “Nellie” Ribaudo sentenced Brian Graves, 31, to concurrent seven-year terms for two convictions of felony child abuse.
A St. Louis County jury in June found Graves guilty but could not decide his sentence, leaving the decision to Ribaudo. The jury acquitted Graves of three other felony child abuse counts.
Graves was accused of shaking the infant numerous times and dropping him down a flight of stairs and on the floor between December 2015 and January 2016.
Court records said Graves took his infant son, identified in records only as “N.G.,” to St. Louis Children’s Hospital on Jan. 1, 2016, for treatment. Doctors discovered the boy had skull fractures and numerous broken bones.
According to charges, Graves told police of several incidents over previous weeks where he shook the boy at his apartment on campus at St. Louis Christian College, where Graves was a student.
Graves told police he thought he caused his son’s injuries by dropping him down a flight of stairs and on the floor.
The boy survived.
On Friday, Assistant Prosecutor John Schlesinger asked the judge for a 14-year sentence, noting that Graves previously had been investigated but never prosecuted for child abuse when his other child suffered a skull fracture. Schlesinger said the injuries to both of his children happened while under Graves’ supervision.
Graves’ lawyer, Patrick Brayer, said in court that Graves planned to appeal the conviction.