Davenport man sentenced to prison for burning baby’s head

Chase Jordan Williams, 19, of Davenport, faces one count of child endangerment-multiple acts, a...
Chase Jordan Williams, 20, of Davenport.(KWQC/Scott County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 12:50 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - A Davenport man was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for burning the head of a then-7-month-old boy in his care in August.

Chase Jordan Williams said during a more than 20-minute sentencing hearing held via Zoom that he was “truly” sorry for what happened and that he would “always have love” for the child and his mother.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty in April to child endangerment causing serious injury, a Class C felony, in Scott County District Court. The charge is a forcible felony, and prison is mandatory.

Williams initially faced the more serious charge of child endangerment-multiple acts, a Class B felony.

According to an arrest affidavit filed by the Davenport Police Department:

On Aug. 25, the baby was brought into a local hospital with third-degree burns to the baby’s head.

A skeletal survey performed on the baby found chronic lateral rib fractures with callus formation on several ribs.

A review of earlier x-rays taken on July 22 revealed posterior fractures on two ribs on the left side. These fractures were less than two weeks old at the time of the x-ray.

The baby was in the sole care of Williams when the injuries occurred. According to the affidavit, his explanations for the injuries were not medically supported, and the injuries appear to be intentionally inflicted.

In his written plea of guilty, Williams said he was babysitting the baby, whose mother he was dating, and placed his head under water that was too hot.

He further said he knew that doing so would create a “substantial risk” to the baby’s physical health and safety.

On Thursday, the baby’s mother, Ariana Solorzano, asked Judge Henry Latham to reject the plea agreement and sentence Williams to more time.

She described the day she came home and found her son, whose scalp was bright red, lying face down on the bed and crying

“When I seen my baby in that condition, I was mortified,” Solorzano said. “I broke down crying hysterically all the way to the hospital and in the hospital room.”

Even after being released from the hospital, he was still in pain and suffered from multiple infections from the burn. He now is left with permanent bald spots and permanent scars, she said.

Solorzano said her son will still see the effects of what happened every day when he looks in the mirror.

“He won’t be able to just move on because he’ll be stuck with these scars for the rest of his life,” she said.

Williams received credit for time already served in the Scott County Jail since his arrest in December.

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