TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – It took jurors less than two hours to convict Samuel James Gray of causing serious bodily injury to a child. Gray would never say exactly how he harmed the child, but prosecutors believe he gravely injured his ex-girlfriend’s son by either shaking the baby or striking the boy’s head against a surface.

Gray was watching the baby, in November of 2010, while his mother was at work. Prosecutors said Gray called his then-girlfriend and told her the child had fallen down the stairs.

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The mother was the one who contacted emergency workers, who arrived at her apartment and rushed the baby to Cook Children’s Medical Center.

During the trial, a pediatric neurosurgeon testified that the 22-month-old was bleeding on his brain when he arrived at the hospital. The doctor told the court the injury was comparable to he force one might see in a car accident victim. He further testified that if the child had not undergone emergency surgery immediately he would have died.

“This defendant committed the most horrible of crimes—almost killing a child,” said Assistant District Attorney Melinda Westmoreland. “If not for medical intervention, this [charge] would have been a capital murder.”

Gary elected to have his punishment assessed by the judge, who assessed the 30-year term. The 42-year-old must serve half of the prison sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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