Man sentenced to 18 months in toddler assault

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Sumner man accused of partially paralyzing his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The News Tribune reports ( ) that Eli Everett Tomal was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to child assault in July.

According to charging papers, Tomal’s girlfriend called 911 in 2014 when the baby wouldn’t wake up.

She later told investigators she’d left Tomal alone with the child for 15 minutes. Tomal told her the baby fell backward on a flashlight as she crawled on a bed. Doctors said violent shaking likely caused the injuries.

The baby’s grandmother told the court that the baby suffered paralysis on her right side and lost some of her vision.

Prosecutors plan to request more than $189,000 in restitution, largely because of medical bills. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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