Mobile man pleads guilty to aggravated child abuse of 3-month-old baby, gets 30 years

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A Mobile man has entered a guilty plea to aggravated child abuse of a 3-month-old baby.

James Edward Grimes II pleaded guilty in court on Dec. 3. and was sentenced to 30 years. This isn’t the first time Grimes has been convicted of abusing a child.

For the second time in less than 10 years, Grimes is heading to prison for abusing a child. This time, he’ll serve 30 years after he was convicted of abusing his three-month-old child, causing several broken bones and two skull fractures according to court records.

“This is a significant amount of time and he didn’t deserve any less,” said Mobile County District Attorney, Ashley Rich.

Police say on Friday, November 30, 2018, around 2:02 a.m. police responded to USA Children and Woman’s Hospital in reference to a three-month-old female there with multiple injuries. Police say, during the examination of the child, the injuries were discovered to be serious in nature. The child was found to have fractures to the ribs, skull, and arms.

“The mother took the child to the hospital for respiratory distress, at that point they did an x-ray and they saw some broken ribs, and then the doctor ordered a babygram and when they did the babygram they found the multiple fractures,” said Rich.

Grimes had previously served jail time for child abuse. According to court documents related to a 2012 case, Grimes slammed an infant girl, breaking her leg and causing bruises to her face and chest.

Records show Grimes pleaded guilty in 2013 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on child abuse and assault charges. He was granted an early release in 2016 after serving just under three years of the sentence.

In a handwritten letter to the judge who sentenced him, dated a few months after the sentencing, Grimes asked to get out early on probation.

“I just wanna go home and betta myself by enrolling in college and be somebody,” he writes in the letter. “Being a gangsta is not a good life to live because they all end up dead or in prison for the rest of they life. I ain’t no gangsta and I’m not trying to be locked up for the rest of my life.”

While this attempt was denied, records show the state parole board later granted an early release in 2016. That’s something Rich believes won’t happen again.

“We are very hopeful with the new administration at the board of pardon and paroles that with this defendant along with all of the other defendants they’re currently reviewing will get a significant amount of time in the penitentiary and not be early released,” said Rich.

News 5 has learned the child’s mother has also entered a guilty plea to endangering the welfare of a child. Shanteria Grimes will serve a year in Metro Jail, followed by two years of probation. She has not yet been booked into jail.

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