|Man convicted of injury to a child back in jail on similar charge|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Dec. 18, 2005 -- A 23-year-old man sentenced to nine years of probation Thursday after being found guilty of injury to a child was back in jail Friday on a similar charge.
Eighth Judicial District Judge Robert Newsom upheld the probation sentence for Amine Reda Siraj during a hearing on Friday, although the judge expanded the sentence to include another year, according to District Attorney Martin Braddy.
Siraj was found guilty Thursday of injury to his 3-month-old son on Sept. 18, 2004. The jury sentenced him to serve nine years on probation.
Newsom also stipulated that Siraj undergo drug and alcohol awareness counseling as well as anger management counseling during the sentencing hearing.
But instead of being released on probation following the sentencing hearing Friday, Siraj was arrested on two additional charges.
One charge is from another injury to a child charge stemming from another incident involving his infant son. Medical officials believe that occurred 10 to 14 days before the injuries Siraj went on trial for this week, also resulting in cracked ribs and brain bleeds.
Siraj also faces a felony charge for bail jumping/failure to appear at an arraignment on the original indictment for injury to a child.
The district attorney's office said that the two additional charges were pending on the docket, but prosecutors chose not to proceed until after this week's trial. Braddy added that he decided to pursue those charges before the jury made their decision, and is in no way designed to "undercut this case," referring to this week's injury to a child trial.
"This jury did a great job," Braddy said. "I don't in any way question their motives or their decision. As far as I'm concerned, justice was done."
Braddy said the next step will be for his office to present the two charges to the grand jury for an indictment. If the indictment is granted, then he intends to pursue another trial.