Ijamsville Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Physically Abusing His Infant Son

David Glenn Hunley (Photo from Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office)

He will also be placed on five-years’ probation upon his release.

Frederick, Md. (KM) – Sentence was handed down on Tuesday to an Ijamsville man for physically abusing his infant son. David Glenn Hunley, 33, was given 40-years in prison with all but 15-years suspended, for 1st- and 2nd-degree child abuse. He will also be placed on five-years supervised probation when he’s released.

Hunley entered an Alford plea to both of those charges on October, 19th, 2021. That’s where he doesn’t admit guilt, but acknowledges that the State has enough evidence for a conviction.

State’s Attorney Charlie Smith says on January 6th, 2020, emergency medical personnel and the Sheriff’s Office responded to the 10500 block of Cook Brothers Road for a two-month-old infant in cardiac arrest. The defendant called 911 and said he found his infant son “pale and blue” and began performing CPR.

The child was transported to Frederick Health Hospital and later medivaced to Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC.

Smith says an investigation determined that the child’s injuries were not accidental, but consistent with physical abuse by Hunley. “He was the only person that had care and custody of the infant during this timeline when  the injuries occurred,” he said. “We felt it was certainly not an accident. He deserved a very substantial sentence. As a matter of fact, we asked for a higher sentence than this. We asked for the top of the guidelines. Judge {Julie} Solt went to the bottom of the guidelines which is a 15-year sentence which is still substantial.”

Smith says the infant suffered from severe head trauma. He also had broken ribs from abuse  prior to January 6th, 2020.

He says this was very delicate case. “We have a situation where many people within with Mr. Hunley’s family thought that he didn’t do it,” says Smith. “It’s hard to accept that someone would hurt their own child. But that’s what occurred, and that’s why he was sentenced today {Tuesday} to 15-years in the Division of Corrections.”

Doctors believe the child will continue to suffer some form serious developmental issues, says Smith The boy is two-years-old and is unable to walk or eat whole food, and suffers from frequent seizures.

By Kevin McManus