Minneapolis man sentenced to 20 years in prison for brutal beating of 20-month old
Ticortier Collins, 22, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the brutal beating of his 20-month old daughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.
Collins pleaded guilty to first-degree assault last week. At that plea hearing on Tuesday, Collins also admitted to severe aggravating factors in the crime which allowed the judge to sentence him to the statutory maximum of 240 months, rather than the guidelines sentence of 98 months. Those aggravating factors included the victim’s vulnerability because of her young age, the particular cruelty of the beating, and Collins’ position of authority as her father and the only adult present at the time.
According to his guilty plea and the criminal complaint, Collins was taking care of his daughter when the girl’s mother left for work on the morning of Jan. 3, 2016. The girl was fine in the morning, but by mid-afternoon, Collins had taken her to the emergency room, claiming she and another child had run into each other’s heads while playing.
However, the doctors in the emergency room quickly discounted the story and determined she was a victim of child abuse. Her injuries included hemorrhaging in the brain, several rib fractures, several pelvic fractures, spinal disk compression, broken tailbone and blood poisoning, which nearly killed her.
During his guilty plea, Collins admitted that he punched and kicked his daughter. When asked about an injury to the side of her head, he admitted for the first time that he hurled his daughter against the wall, drawing gasps from people in the courtroom.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, on behalf of county social workers, also took Collins to court in November to terminate his parental rights to three children. Those children are the victim, a newborn subsequently born to the same mother and a child born to another woman. Collins fathered all three.
At Collins’ sentencing Monday, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Christina Warren said that it was a miracle the little girl survived. If it were not for the excellent medical team who saved the child’s life, the girl’s mother and her support system, the family could have been planning a funeral. The little girl has struggled and fought for her life.
The girl’s mother, one of three people who gave victim impact statements, said that she herself now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. She and her daughter will have to live with what Collins’ did for the rest of their lives and eventually she will have to explain to her daughter what happened to her and who did it.
Hennepin County District Court Judge Margaret Daly in imposing the 20 year sentence said that children trust the people who care for them physically, emotionally, and mentally. What Collins did was not an accident. The child was innocent and vulnerable. During the brutal beating by Collins, the little girl must have realized how helpless she was and that the pain being inflicted upon her was by someone she loved and trusted
Collins received 418 days of credit for the time he has already served in custody.