LOGAN — A judge has sentenced a 33-year-old Logan man to prison for abusing a baby boy. Judge Brian Cannell gave Bryan K. Teeter the maximum sentence possible, saying he was haunted and appalled at the facts of the case.
Teeter appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He said he couldn’t take back what happened and saying sorry just didn’t cut it. He began to cry, admitting the victim didn’t deserve having to fight through the handicaps he had caused.
Teeter was arrested last summer after the little boy was found with a skull fracture, lacerations to his genitalia, and bruising on his buttocks and face. Witnesses said the baby has severe brain damage that causes him to have seizures and act “zombie like.” He is also partially blind and has partial paralysis to the left side of his body. In April, the defendant pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, and child abuse, a second-degree felony. He was already on probation for distribution of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, when he was booked into jail.
During Tuesday’s sentencing, state attorney Barbara Lachmar told the court that something inside Teeter wanted the boy dead. She described how he regularly tortured the child and tried to smother him. She asked the court for the maximum possible sentence, saying because of the defendant’s selfish compulsion the boy has permanent damage.
Earlier, the boy’s soon-to-be adoptive mother described in detail his injures. She explained how the now two-year-old can’t see out of his left eye or speak. He has also had to learn how to walk again with the help of a walker. His genitalia is also permanently deformed from the abuse.
Judge Cannell said he was grateful for those who are helping to care for the child. He ordered Teeter to serve consecutively the maximum sentence for each of the felonies, meaning he will be in prison for at least five years to life. He told the court he had done all that he could and said he hoped that there was some good in the defendant’s soul.