A 25-year-old man accused of shaking his 3-month-old son, causing him to lose consciousness, was sentenced to six years in prison and 10 years' probation earlier this week.

Tanner Joe Brown, pleaded guilty in Pima County Superior Court to two counts of child abuse for two separate incidents in October 2012 involving his infant son.

On Oct. 24, 2012, police were called to Brown's home for a report of an unconscious baby, according to court documents.

The boy's mother left for work about 6 a.m. leaving Brown home with the boy and the couple's 18-month-old daughter. When she returned home three hours later, Brown gave her the baby and said something was wrong with him, documents show.

Brown told paramedics that the boy was crying all morning and he shook him and tossed him onto the bed and left the room.

When Brown came back into the room, the boy was red and not breathing, documents said.

Brown then resuscitated the boy and shook him to get a response from him and the boy "began to breathe in a choppy manner," according to court documents.

The boy was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center where doctors found head trauma consistent with being shaken.

The boy's mother told police that a week before the incident, Brown was caring for the baby and said the boy stiffened up, his eyes rolled to the back of his head and he had what appeared to be a seizure, court documents show. The boy's parents did not seek medical attention in that incident.

Brown said he wasn't aware of what was happening at the time of the incidents and he didn't mean to hurt the baby, who is recovering, court documents said.

Brown was sentenced by Judge Paul Tang.

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at vcruz@azstarnet.com or at 573-4224.

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