An Omaha man was sentenced Friday morning to 15-20 years in prison for abusing and neglecting his 18-month-old son. Twenty-three-year-old Amos Simpson will be eligible for parole in seven-and-a-half years.
When doctors examined his child last August, the toddler weighed only 14 pounds and displayed signs of abuse. Prosecutors say if someone had not stepped in and taken the child to the hospital he would have died.
The boy's maternal grandmother says Simpson had options. "My phone number has not changed in eight years," said Angela Gould. "I'm sure he could have found it. Shaqua has sisters that live here, she has a dad that lives here, certainly his mother, who's very caring now wasn't caring when all of this was happening."
In court, Simpson was described as unsophisticated and inexperienced with a ninth-grade education. His mother currently has custody of the boy. Simpson and the child's mother gave up their parental rights.