Man convicted of beating Spokane baby to death sentenced to 28 years

Man convicted of beating Spokane baby to death sentenced to 28 years
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Friday, a Spokane County Superior Court judge sentenced the man convicted of beating a 10-month-old baby to death to 28 years in prison.

In June, a jury found Joshua Mobley guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the 2017 death of Caiden Henry. According to court documents, Mobley and his wife used to babysit the infant while Crystal Henry, Caiden’s mother, worked.

Caiden Henry was found multiple times with bruising and other injuries. His autopsy revealed hemorrhaging and bruising. The medical examiner ruled Henry’s death as homicide by blunt force trauma.

In court Friday, Mobley’s family and friend called the 31-year-old father a genuine and honest man. Mobley’s father, Russell Mobley, pleaded for leniency from the judge.

“All we have right now is hope. So, I ask, in consideration of Josh’s service to the community, as a productive citizen who has never been in trouble with the law before, and as an amazing father and son, I plead to you for leniency,” Russell Mobley said.

Those pleas were made in front of a packed courtroom that included the Henry family. Crystal Henry’s pastor, Walter Kendricks, shared a statement on behalf of the grieving mother.

In it, she said “no parent should have to choose between a casket and cremation.”

She said there isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t wake up “hoping that this was just an emotional and bad dream.”

Before the judge issued handed down the sentence, she said Mobley’s children were in her thoughts as she weighed his future. He will serve three years of probation, in addition to his 28 years in prison.