In August 2017 Zach Crawford was arrested and charged under Haley’s Law for allegedly abusing a five year old child. According to the report when Crawford was interviewed about the injuries he said he physically disciplined the child. This discipline reportedly included hitting the child with a riding crop and biting.
On Monday he entered a guilty plea on 18 counts of child abuse and neglect in a child under eight years of age and aggravated child abuse and neglect in a child under eight years of age.
He was sentenced to 20 years with no eligibility for early parole.
Haley’s law was passed in 2004 following the Haley Spicer abuse case. The law makes it a Class A felony to abuse a child under the age of 9 in a way that leads to bodily injury. A Class A felony is punishable by a minimum 15-year sentence with a maximum of 60 years or life in prison. Under the law, the serious bodily injury means bodily injury involving a substantial risk of death, and carries with it enhanced punishment.