Nathan A. Bailey

Leonardtown, MD— On Dec.5, Judge Karen Abrams sentenced Nathan A. Bailey, 30, of Mechanicsville to 30 years in the Department of Corrections for second degree-murder and child abuse first degree: the death of a seven-month-old infant.

On Jan. 5, 2016, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit and investigators from the Department of Child Protective Services responded to Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC for the report of an injured infant.

“A great deal of time was spent on this case; these cases are the hardest in my opinion. I would tell the court that it is important for the family to have closure,” said St. Mary’s County Senior State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis.

Detectives determined injuries were caused by the suspect, Nathan Allen Bailey, 30 of Mechanicsville. Bailey ignored signs the victim was in distress and routinely dropped the victim off at daycare.

“Our hearts go out to the families involved; I want them to know Bailey is very sorry. I want the court to see him (Bailey) as a 3-D person, do not view him on paper,” said public defender Matthew Connell.

“The defendant admitted he knew he should have called for medical assistance but did not. Instead, he stalled, even going next door to his parent’s house. Dr. Jackson indicated if medical intervention occurred sooner, the victim’s injuries may not be as severe,” according to court documents.

A representative of the Bailey family, stated, “Nathan is a good guy, he has a good heart, we are totally devastated. I think of that baby every day and I think of my son every day.”

Bailey had made a few comments before Abrams handed down her sentence. “I should have called 911; I didn’t know what to do. I am truly sorry for what I have done. I am ready for whatever sentencing you give me.”

“This is so hard for the families involved; I am going to make my sentence in the middle. My hope is that the pain might numb a little,” said Abrams.

Bailey was sentenced to 30 years suspended down to 15 years for second-degree murder and he was given 30 years suspended down to 15 years for first-degree child abuse: death. The sentencing in total was 30 years to run consecutively.

It should be noted that Bailey was given 339 days of credit and that he will have five years of supervised probation after his release from the Department of Corrections.

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