Portsmouth man gets suspended sentence after biting newborn son

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Posted on October 15, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6:26 AM

UPDATE 10/15:  Matthew Wayne Strawn was given a suspended five-year sentence Tuesday for the unlawful wounding of his newborn son in February.

The baby has since been adopted by a maternal aunt and uncle. 

PORTSMOUTH - A Portsmouth man was convicted Tuesday of biting his newborn son in the hospital.

21-year-old Matthew Wayne Strawn was found guilty of unlawful wounding; three other charges including abuse and felonious assault, were dismissed by the judge.

Police in March said Strawn's 11-day-old son was injured on February 1 while he was in neo-natal intensive care unit at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Hospital staff staff reported seeing bruises on the infant's back and face and called police.

Strawn's wife, Allie, and a Portsmouth police detective testified Tuesday that Strawn admitted he bit the child. The detective said Strawn originally claimed to have accidentally bitten the child while trying to give him a kiss.

Mrs. Strawn pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge, as expected.

After the hearing, Strawn's family and friends said they were thrilled with the outcome.

Sentencing is set for October 15.

The child, Mattix, remains in the custody of an aunt and uncle out of state.

Allie Strawn, the boy's mother, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of contributing to the abuse of a child. It carries up to one year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine.

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