Demotion, hard labor for airman who injured son
A jury found a Heidelberg, Germany-based airman guilty of assault consummated by a battery upon a child under 16 in a court-martial at Ramstein Air Base last week.
Staff Sgt. Gregory D. Crawford, who was assigned to the 4th Air Support Operations Group at Campbell Barracks, was sentenced to 30 days’ hard labor without confinement, a reduction to the pay grade of E-4, and a reprimand, said Erin Zagursky, an Air Force spokeswoman at Ramstein.
Crawford was initially charged with two specifications of aggravated assault. The jury found him not guilty of the two specifications, but guilty of the lesser included offense.
He was accused of shaking his 3-month-old son’s body and head between Dec. 19 and Dec. 23, 2004.
Between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, 2005, Crawford was charged with forcefully setting down his son — then a year old — so hard that he broke his son’s leg.