A Georgetown man has pleaded guilty to felony second-degree assault and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child after admitting to physically assaulting his 3-month-old daughter.
Eduar Guzman-Cruz, 25, will serve a year in prison, followed by three years of probation. A native of Honduras and not a legal U.S. resident, Guzman-Cruz will likely face deportation following his prison time.
Flanked by an interpreter and his attorney, Michael Abram, Guzman-Cruz told Delaware Superior Court Judge Richard F. Stokes Feb. 7 that he understood what he was doing and that he admitted being guilty to the charges against him.
A cherubic-looking man with a goatee, Guzman-Cruz was accused of causing serious head trauma to his daughter.
Delaware State Police were called to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on May 27 after the hospital notified them of a possible child-abuse case. Guzman-Cruz had brought his daughter to the emergency room after she was acting abnormal. Medical personnel determined that the infant had suffered a serious brain injury and was taken to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington.
On May 31, hospital officials at A.I. duPont determined that the child had been physically abused prior to her admission to the hospital, police said. On June 5, Guzman-Cruz was arrested.
Besides jail time, Guzman-Cruz is also prevented from having contact with his daughter, except for visits cleared through Delaware Department of Family Services or Delaware Family Court.