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Father sentenced for hurting infant; Receives one year, barred from contact

A Springville man was sentenced Thursday to a year in Erie County Jail for hurting his 11-month-old daughter in November 2011.

Antuan Jordan, 24, pleaded guilty last month to attempted assault, a felony, for hitting the child in her right eye. The child's eye has completely healed, after it was initially feared she could suffer permanent injury.

Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case rejected defense attorney Dominic Saraceno's request for probation, but heeded his recommendation that his client be spared incarceration in state prison.

Jordan, who is currently at the county Holding Center, likely will be transferred to the county correctional facility in Alden. He can be released in about 3 1/2 months for time already served.

Jordan also was barred from having contact with his daughter until November 2019, unless Family Court rules otherwise in the future.

Jordan also was suspected of pulling the little girl's hair so hard two weeks earlier that she hemorrhaged and needed a blood transfusion, but he was not charged in that incident.

"Thank God, this little girl recovered completely, in a short period of time," Case said.

"Children rely on parents and guardians to protect them, not to inflict harm You betrayed a cherished trust only a parent can provide," the judge said.

Speaking briefly to the court, Jordan said: "I'm sorry and remorseful for everything that happened I plan to rehabilitate myself by taking anger management classes and better the relationship with me and my kids."

Jordan and the baby's mother also have a 2-year-old son.

Jordan, a former Wilmington, N.C., resident, moved to Springville in February 2011 after persuading his girlfriend -- the mother of their two children -- to take him back. Police said the woman had moved from North Carolina to get away from Jordan because he was physically abusive toward her.

Jordan was unemployed and supposed to be taking care of the children when the girl suffered the eye injury.