Lake Charles man gets three years for injuring infant

A judge in state district court sentenced a Lake Charles man to three years in prison for injuring an infant.

Judge Ron Ware sentenced Mitchell Scott Crador, 32, on Friday morning.

Crador pleaded to second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

Crador is to report to Calcasieu Correctional Center on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Bobby Holmes said the 5-month-old child suffered two skull fractures and retinal hemorrhaging on May 29, 2011.

Holmes said whether the act was intentional or negligent while Crador was drinking, both were covered by the law.

“Only Crador knows what happened in that room,” Holmes said, but told the court that had the act been accidental Crador still should have told the child’s mother and sought help for the child.

Ware agreed that “the statute does not distinguish” between intentional or criminally negligent injuring.

Crador did not speak in court.

The child’s grandmother testified that she is doing well.

She said when the child’s mother picked her up from Crador, he did not tell her about the injuries, but “left her there to die.”

Crador was in a room with the girl and her 1 1/2-year-old sister when the incident occurred, according to court testimony. Two other adults were in the house.

Mitchell’s mother, Carlena Lundy, testified that Crador had taken steps to turn his life around.

She said Mitchell had a drinking problem at that time and is mildly mentally handicapped.

She said Crador could watch children, but did not have the mental capability to raise kids.

She said he has turned his life around, goes to church regularly and has sought treatment for his drinking.

Defense attorney Barry Roach said Crador had been “rehabilitated” and asked Ware to take that into consideration when sentencing.

Roach asked Ware to give Crador credit for time served for at least some of the 2 1/2 years he spent under house arrest.

Ware declined to do so.

Ware commended Crador for addressing some of his problems.

“I am loathe to send people to prison,” Ware said, then went on to say that incarceration is necessary in certain crimes.