Princeton, IN – The uncle of a murdered 11-week-old who punched the baby’s killer in the face outside an Indiana courtroom last week has been sentenced to six months in jail over the incident.
Jeremiah “Matt” Hartley was charged with contempt and battery on July 3, after he attacked 23-year-old Kwin Boes outside the Gibson County courtroom.
Hartley was sentenced to 179 days in jail for the contempt offense, and still faces up to six additional months in jail if he is convicted of the battery charge, according to a fundraising account established to help with his legal expenses.
“I think Matt was overcome with grief and lashed out at Kwin,” the fundraising page read. “Honestly, I think it is something we all wish that we could do after a helpless baby is murdered by the person who is supposed to love and protect them.”
Boes was arrested in May of 2018, after his infant son, Parker, died from blunt-force trauma to the head, Newsweek reported.
Boes initially told police that his baby fell from a nursing pillow and struck the ground while Boes was sleeping, and claimed he didn’t realize anything had happened until he woke up later.
Doctors said that the fatal injuries Parker suffered could not have been caused by an accidental fall.
An autopsy revealed the 11-week-old had evidence of hemorrhages to both eyes, his brain, and bruising on his groin, and that he died of blunt-force trauma to the head, WEVV reported.
Boes was originally charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and aggravated battery resulting in death.
He initially faced between 20 and 40 years in prison, according to WFIE.
But in June, he agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of domestic battery resulting in death as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, lessening his potential sentence to 10 to 30 years in prison.
“I guess I don’t think any time that he gets is going to be enough,” Parker’s mother, Jamie Hartley, told WEVV at the time. “I think he should be gone forever, you know my son will never be back, so…Just seeing him, period, it makes me sick that we’re breathing the same air.”
During his sentencing hearing on July 3, Boes’ attorney claimed that his client had accepted full responsibility for his son’s death, and that the judge should give him credit for giving the family closure, WEVV reported.
The defense attorney also noted that Boes would suffer financially from serving time in prison.
The judge ultimately sentenced Boes to 25 years in prison. He will serve 19 of those years in an incarcerated setting, followed by six years of work release, according to WEVV.
He was also ordered to pay for Parkers funeral costs.
As the convicted killer was being led out of the courtroom, Hartley charged towards him and delivered a striking blow to Boes’ face, video footage showed.
Police quickly pulled Hartley away from Boes, and placed him under arrest on the battery charge, Newsweek reported.
Hartley’s supporters have donated over $4,000 to help him retain a defense attorney.
His family has also received thousands of comments backing Hartley since the incident occurred, according to the fundraising page.
You can watch footage of Hartley’s swift attack on Boes in the video below: