An Irmo man has received a life sentence in prison in the shaking death of his infant son.
Alexander Edward Lynch, 24, of Meredith Drive was sentenced by Lexington Judge Knox McMahon for the crime of homicide by child abuse.
The child, Rashard Lynch, was 57 days old and the biological son of the defendant.
The office of Solicitor Donnie Myers released this description of what happened:
Assistant Solicitor Debra Moore said that on June 6, 2009, the baby’s mother returned to work for the first time since the baby’s birth and left the baby in Lynch’s care.
Three hours later, Lynch told police, he picked the baby up and began shaking him because he would not stop crying.
Lynch then laid the baby on a bed, left the room and smoked a cigarette. When he returned, he found the baby unresponsive and took the baby to the grandmother who lived in the same apartment complex.
A neighbor attempted CPR until Lexington County emergency medical personnel arrived and transported the baby to Lexington Medical Center. A CT scan revealed a devastating brain injury, and the baby was transferred to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. The baby died June 8, 2009, from the injuries.
Myers said, “I will never understand how a father could wreak such pain, suffering and death to his son.”