Sherman man indicted for attempted murder of three-month-old

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - A Sherman man is accused of hurting a three month old baby girl so badly, the baby almost died.

"He has children and has lived in places around children," said a Sherman woman who wished to remain anonymous.

She said this man, 24 year-old Damon Deshawn Finley, used to live in this area near Washington Elementary. She said she's seen him with young kids.

"Holding the babies, the babies in the vehicle with him and his girl," the woman recalled.

But prosecutors said Finley was questioned by police in January after a three month-old baby girl was taken to a local hospital for having seizures. The baby was later flown to a Dallas hospital to receive treatment.

Days later, Finley was arrested for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. He bonded out 8 days later.

But a grand jury indicted him this week on two more felony charges: injury to a child causing serious bodily injury and attempt to commit capital murder of a person under ten years old.

"The child had several different head injuries of different, healing of different ages," Grayson County prosecutor Kerye Ashmore said. "Together with a number of rib injuries, broken ribs, also of different healing ages, which tells us this was a pattern this wasn't a single episode."

Documents state it's unknown how he allegedly hurt the baby, but it could've been by shaking, throwing or hitting the baby with his hands.

"Cases like this your victim can't testify," Ashmore said. "This child is three months-old, I believe, but that complicates the case. But I'm confident in our case. I believe we can prove it."

"Get him off the street," the woman said. "I just feel devastated, I just feel stick to my stomach."

We're told Finley's next court appearance hasn't been set yet.
If he's found guilty on all three of those felony charges, he could face up to life in prison.

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