Posted: Nov 13, 2012 4:57 PM by Rachel Cole email@example.com
Updated: Nov 13, 2012 6:38 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Nearly three weeks ago Carlos Sosa, the man convicted of abusing his 10-month old, leaving him unable to walk or talk, requested a new trial.
Tuesday, doctors testified that baby Jozyah still has severe brain damage. Jozyah is now 22 months old and experts say he will spend the rest of his life partially disabled.
The stepfather asked for a new trial claiming the child's condition is not as bad as first thought.
However, doctors who testified during Sosa's first trial said baby Jozyah, then 10-months old, was unable to walk or talk after Sosa threw him against a wall last October.
Doctor Carol Deline maintains Jozyah still has severe brain damage.
"People who have neurological devastation as Jozyah does usually have a shortened life span," Dr. Deline said.
Experts say his injuries will prevent him from ever having a normal life and said that his condition makes him more vulnerable than other children.
"They're more prone to illness and infection and, but their longevity is, is not normal," Dr. Deline said.
Prosecutors say there was never any evidence presented during trial suggested that Jozyah would never improve. They further argued that doctors confirmed that while the child's condition could improve, it's unlikely.
"The expectation also is that he will not live to be 32," Dr. Deline said.
The doctor also said Jozyah will need 24 hour care for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, Sosa also claimed that his former attorney fell asleep during trial. Regardless of those claims Judge Guy Williams denied Sosa's request for a new trial. Sosa will continue serving his life sentence.
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