A Johnson County judge sentenced 22-year-old Christopher Potts to 30 years in prison on Friday for the murder of his 6-month-old daughter Felicity Anderson.
The Indy Channel reports that on September 3, 2015, Potts was with his daughter at their apartment home in Franklin, Indiana when he became angry and lost control.
Johnson County Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Bland stated that Potts picked up Felicity “out of the crib and ultimately, threw her into the crib. So, it was the mattress she hit.”
Emergency medical services rushed Felicity to a local hospital where doctors pronounced the child dead within an hour after arriving.
Felicity suffered a skull fracture after her father violently threw her in her crib, according to a local medical examiner, who confirmed that the child’s cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Officers with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Potts on felony battery charges “resulting in death to a person less than 14 years of age” after he purportedly confessed to throwing his daughter into her crib out of frustration.
In March of this year, a jury found Potts guilty of murdering his 6-month-daughter after three hours of deliberation, and he was due back in court for sentencing in April 2017.
While in court, the Johnson County Superior Court 3 Judge Lance Hamner stated:
“I don’t think you are a monster. I think you did a monstrous thing.”
“The history of our species is that we protect our young… You killed your baby girl, and you know what you did.”
Hamner sentenced Potts to 30 years in prison, including five years suspended, for the 2015 murder of his daughter.
Potts will receive credit for serving 581 days in jail.