MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A Milwaukee man convicted of the punching death of a 2-month-old boy was sentenced to prison on Thursday.
Kenta Evans, 22, pleaded guilty in January to one count of second-degree reckless homicide, and one count of child abuse.
On Thursday, Evans was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and 10 years’ extended supervision on the homicide conviction, and three years in prison and three years’ extended supervision on the child abuse conviction. The court ordered the sentences be served concurrently, for a total of 15 years in prison and 10 years’ extended supervision.
Prosecutors said Jaquerrion Dancer died at a hospital after he was punched at a home near 28th Street and Chambers Street on June 5, 2019.
Dancer’s mother Jessica McNeal told investigators that Kenta Evans, the boy's father, came over to see the baby on June 5, 2019. The complaint indicated once inside McNeal’s residence, Evans “quickly switched from wanting to see (Jaquerrion) to accusing (McNeal) of having other men in the house.”
The complaint said at some point, McNeal picked up the baby and backed away from Evans. After she sat down on a mattress, the complaint said Evans “started punching (McNeal) repeatedly with closed fists, all while (McNeal) was continuing to hold (Jaquerrion).”
The complaint said McNeal’s sister took the baby from the residence and drove him to the hospital.
According to the criminal complaint, Dancer was admitted to Children’s Wisconsin in respiratory failure. Doctors diagnosed the baby with skull fractures, hemorrhaging, and other brain injuries. Doctors noted the baby had “swelling of the scalp.” The child died from his injuries shortly before 9 p.m. later that same day.