A 22-year-old Nampa man must serve at least two, and up to 10, years in prison for severely injuring his infant son on numerous occasions, 3rd District Judge Bradly Ford ruled Monday.
Adam Ortega also was ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty and court costs, and to have no contact with his victim or any minor for the duration of his sentence.
"I question whether it would be appropriate for you to ever be one on one with an infant again," Judge Ford told Ortega, calling the case "unique and egregious."
Ortega was arrested in March for felony injury to a child after X-rays showed his six-week-old son suffered at least nine broken ribs, a broken arm and broken bones in both legs, Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor said in a news release. Doctors indicated that the injuries occurred on separate occasions over a period of time because they were in varied stages of healing.
Ortega admitted to investigators that he pulled on the baby's legs and bent his arm after becoming frustrated while changing him, the news release said. He also admitted to squeezing him forcefully on several occasions, which led to the broken ribs.
"It’s unthinkable to me that someone could do this to a defenseless child, let alone their own son," Prosecutor Taylor said. "There is no doubt in my mind that he belongs behind bars.”