Uncle Who Punched Baby-Killer Gets Six Months For Contempt, Faces More Charges

Jeremiah "Matt" Hartley was charged with contempt and battery after he punched his nephew's killer outside a courtroom.

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:

Comments (31)
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Lawman777
Lawman777

He will be a hero in the county jail.

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

By the time this is over, he will serve more time than the murdering scumbag!

elonwilrn
elonwilrn

This is BULLSHIT! He should have received an accomadation for having the Balls to do this ! The Judge should have to spend 6 months in jail for even thinking of punishing this guy !!!!

BK50
BK50

Should have asked for a jury trial..

djaznh
djaznh

In my opinion, if he has to serve a stiffer sentence, he might as well have punched this fking judge.

If anyone has a link to his defense fund, please post. Thanks

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I hope they stick him in the same cell with the guy he punched!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Man kills his son's molester, while in police custody, gets probation. This guy punches his nephew's killer and gets 6 months... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NHk869YUqo

Suds18
Suds18

My question is how is it contempt when this did not happen while court was in session?

Disappointed
Disappointed

Many many years ago, the Passaic County Sheriff (NJ) made a statement that I respected so much. He told the truth. He said what everyone was thinking. He said this on national tv news. A little girl, I think around 12 was raped and murdered. The body was found in about 3 hours from when she was missing. Her Uncle punched the POS in the face when they were walking him out. When the Sheriff was interviewed, the news reporter asked him if charges will be brought on the Uncle. His response was “Charges? I want to give the man a medal “ I believe it was Sheriff Engelhardt but not 100% sure.

portManaT13
portManaT13

Contempt?? Outside the courtroom?? In the hallway?? Really??

trainbuff
trainbuff

Yup, that's our legal system hard at work to protect this man's rights and the rights of that baby.

Judge should have recused himself.

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

In a sane world, the court would have considered the mother's opinion of this murderer and ignored the attack.

LilSLMS
LilSLMS

Two fold, how can the uncle get charged with contempt? Second, doesnt the court security become heightened around the victims family for this reason? The system failed them and now they lash out and get punished worse than the killer. Laws need to change or the judges on the bench need voted out. It's wrong on so many levels.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I saw nothing wrong. I cannot say I wouldn’t have done the same. I love how he was all surprised that he got “attacked”. Well what do think is going to happen to you in jail you fucking dumb ass? Get used to it. And instead of buying honey buns from that commissary, better start buying a sewing kit and a lot of lube buddy. Better yet, just go with it and borrow your mom and sisters make up. At least you’ll be productive in jail to some people.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

If he was represented by an attorney and the lawyer didn't present an "irresistible impulse" defense, that lawyer should be disbarred. The judge impresses me as an arrogant jerk, too.

unclebubby
unclebubby

He never should've gotten a jail sentence he did what any father would've done.

Suz
Suz

I can’t understand how anybody could convicts this article. The perpetrator is lucky that’s all he did!

RMBULL
RMBULL

Judges are elected in IND. Post the name of the judge and let's get him/her off the bench!

Sfriedrich60
Sfriedrich60

He was immediately sentenced to 179 days for the contempt of court. If he had gotten 180 days he would have the right to an attorney and the right to a jury trial. The judge actually told him that . So that's why he got a 179 days. I did the go fund me to get him an attorney to help him negotiate to get out of jail and he will represent him on the battery charge.