Navasota Man Gets 20 Years for Shaking Baby; Family Permanently Scarred

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

A Grimes County man will be spending 20 years in prison for reckless injury to child. But his time behind bars is nothing compared to the scar he has left on the victim and her family.

"I come from a big family,” said Navasota resident Margaree Minor.

Although her kids have all grown up and moved out, 65-year-old Margaree Minor's role of raising children is far from over -- In fact, it's just beginning. She has full custody of her two-and-a-half year-old granddaughter who is a paraplegic. Her granddaughter is also blind -- but not by birth. When she was just 11-months-old she suffered severe head trauma from being shaken so violently by then, 17-year-old Robert Reed Jr. Minor says it is a memory she and her entire family will never forget.

"The day before she got hurt she ate macaroni and cheese and hamburger meat. She was a happy baby, I mean she really was,” explained Minor. “Sometimes you lay her down and she feels all alone,” said Minor. “She really likes noise, but she knows I’m there and it makes me so happy when she hears my voice and she just smiles.”

In January Reed Jr. was found guilty of reckless injury to child and will be serving 20-years in prison.

“He was standing up there like a big shot. I don't think that's enough time. She was 11 months old. How can you do that to an 11-month-old baby? She wasn't even walking,” lamented Minor.

“I would have liked to have seen more time than he got, but in light of the verdict, I’m pleased. The judge sentenced him to the maximum time he could sentence him to, so I can’t really complain about that,” said Grimes County District Attorney Tuck McLain.

Not only did she lose her motor skills, her ability to speak; she has to be fed through a gastric feeding tube and will require supervision and therapy for the rest of her life.

“I have to carry her around, all the time, but I’m grateful for the help I do get,” said Minor.

Minor’s granddaughter receives care from several nurses and teachers six days a week, including Regina Jefferson who spends two days a week helping her improve her motor skills.

"Therapeutic play is what they call it and it needs to be constant for her and also do her range of motion exercises to keep her limbs mobile,” said registered nurse Regina Jefferson. "This is so important for her."

While Minor admits it's a challenge, having her granddaughter safe by her side is something she says is worth all the time in the world.

"I just can't see my life without her," she said.

Robert Reed Junior has also been indicted sexual assault charges to a child -- The Minor family says their mission to seek justice on those charges is not over.

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