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Man Faces 20 Years In Prison For Abusing Child

A Redding man will get a long prison sentence after reaching a plea agreement Friday for causing severe injuries to a baby through ongoing physical abuse. 28-year-old Scott Meigs was arrested June 3rd. Redding Police were called after his girlfriend had brought the severely injured infant to Mercy Medical Center. The baby was only 10-weeks-old and showed signs of abuse that included a fractured skull. The woman agreed to be interviewed, and she told investigators that she had been assaulted by Meigs many times, including numerous strangulations. She at first refused to say that Meigs had also physically abused the baby, but when she was told how serious the injuries were, she broke down and said it was true. When confronted by RPD investigators, Meigs also agreed to be interviewed. He confessed to strangling and assaulting his girlfriend repeatedly, and also abusing the infant multiple times, saying his frustration with the crying child caused him to be “aggressive”. After hours of gathering evidence, police arrested Meigs on multiple felony charges. Meigs met the $50,000 bail and was released 22 hours later. More medical scans showed 15 total fractures, including many in various stages of healing, as well as abusive head trauma. That allowed the filing of more charges, including torture, and Meigs was re-arrested two days later with bail set at $550,000. On Friday Meigs entered guilty pleas to attempted murder, mayhem, 3 counts of child abuse with great bodily injury, and domestic violence. In December he’ll receive a sentence of more than 20 years in state prison.