Case Style: State of Washington v. Tyson J. Romaneschi
Judge: Maryann Moreno
Court: Superior Court, Spokane County, Washington
Plaintiff's Attorney: Eugene Cruz
Defendant's Attorney: Donald Richter
Description: The State of Washington charged Tyson J. Romaneschi, age 26, with first-degree assault of a child and two misdemeanor counts of violating a protection order. The State claimed that the 2-month-old infant of Shayna Tipton suffered 20 fractures at the hands of Romaneschi in February 2012.
Defendant claimed that the child suffered from rickets and has weak bones as a result.
RCW 9A.36.120 of the Washington Statutes provides:
(1) A person eighteen years of age or older is guilty of the crime of assault of a child in the first degree if the child is under the age of thirteen and the person:
(a) Commits the crime of assault in the first degree, as defined in RCW 9A.36.011, against the child; or
(b) Intentionally assaults the child and either:
(i) Recklessly inflicts great bodily harm; or
(ii) Causes substantial bodily harm, and the person has previously engaged in a pattern or practice either of (A) assaulting the child which has resulted in bodily harm that is greater than transient physical pain or minor temporary marks, or (B) causing the child physical pain or agony that is equivalent to that produced by torture.
(2) Assault of a child in the first degree is a class A felony.
Outcome: Defendant was found guilty and faces up to 10 years in prison.