Pictured are Cynthia McBroom, foreground, and husband Robert McBroom, throughout an look in Shasta County Superior Court. (Photo: Jim Schultz/Record Searchlight file picture)
An Anderson couple was sentenced to 25 years to life in jail Monday in the 2014 death of their Three-month-old baby boy, the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office mentioned.
Robert Morgan McBroom, 23, and Cynthia Darlyne McBroom, 23, have been sentenced by Shasta County Superior Court Judge Dan Flynn.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Ben Hanna prosecuted the case.
“We think it’s an appropriate sentence, and it’s a tragedy a child’s life was taken so violently and suddenly by his own parents, so we are satisfied by the sentence,” Hanna said Monday afternoon after the sentencing.”
The McBrooms have been held at Shasta County Jail since their arrest on Dec. 30, 2014, in connection to their son’s death from blunt force trauma to the head.
The couple reportedly admitted to police that they hit the baby’s head against a wooden chair and a hallway wall on two occasions in December 2014 after becoming frustrated by his crying.
An autopsy determined the baby died due to the blunt force trauma to the head. He had three bruises on the left side of his head and another bruise on the right side. The baby had two fractured ribs, possibly from being shaken, authorities had said.
Investigators also said Cynthia McBroom admitted she grew frustrated with her son’s crying on Christmas Eve and held the baby up with both of her hands and began shaking him, and that he hit the back of his head on a wooden chair.
Cynthia McBroom said she did not seek medical attention for the baby until calling 911 on Dec. 27 when he began having difficulty breathing, law enforcement officials said.
The baby was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Redding before being taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where he was later pronounced dead.
The case was investigated by Sgts. Danny Smetak and Brian Cole, along with Investigator Rusty Bishop, all of the Redding Police Department.
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