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Man Convicted of Assaulting Daughter Stays Out of Jail

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WALLA WALLA, WA. - A man convicted of assaulting his baby girl will stay out of prison while he appeals his conviction. 

A Walla Walla County Judge sentenced 21-year-old Alan R. Hackney to three years in prison on Monday. A jury convicted him of second-degree assault.

The judge is allowing Hackney to stay out of prison pending the outcome of his appeal.

Prosecutors say Hackney intentionally assaulted his daughter, Sophia J. Hackney, at their home back in January. She was one month old at the time.

Hackney has acknowledged that he dropped the girl, but he claimed it was accidental. Court documents show Hackney told detectives "it was a hard drop."

Investigators say Hackney and the girl's mother took the baby to Walla Walla General Hospital the day the incident happened, because Sophia's head was swollen.

Doctors discovered a fractured skull and sent her to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane. After the hospital discharged her, she came home to Walla Walla, and Child Protective Services got involved.

The baby has since recovered from the fractured skull.