El Paso Soldier Pleads Guilty In Son’s Fatal Beating, Receives 8 Years

Angelica N. Sumter

After taking a plea deal, an El Paso army sergeant was sentenced to 8 years in prison for causing the death of his son, the El Paso Times reports.

40-year-old Army Sergeant First Class Crispen Hanson was arrested in July 2012 and charged with the murder of his 14-month-old son, Malachi Cosby.

Cosby's body was found at Hanson's home in April, 2012. Police officials say that when detectives arrived at the home, they found the horrific incident to be a suspicious death.

After a medical examination, it was discovered that Cosby died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen area, according to KXAN.

Hanson had been abusive to the toddler on more than one occasion.

Before his demise, Cosby suffered injuries to his leg while he was just 8-months-old. According to KVIA, Hanson allegedly struck him with an unknown object to the leg. This occurred on two separate occasions.

Hanson also faced charges for the incident, according to his indictment.

Records show that Hanson is married to another solider in the army, Kintara Cosby. Although Hanson's wife and his son share the same surname, there is no word about Kintara being the mother of 14-month-old Cosby. However, her Facebook profile picture showed a picture of Cosby.

Hanson was released from jail in November, 2012, on a $700,000 bond.

Before Hanson was charged with capital murder, he was well known as the father of 9-year-old Aiyana Hanson, who died of acute myelomonocytic leukemia. She was a Baron Elementary School student, whose classmates supported her when she was diagnosed with the illness.

There is no word about physical abuse towards Aiyana.

After her passing in February 2010, her family started the Aiyana C. Hanson Foundation in her honor to help other children that are fighting against cancer every day.

Aiyana's dying wish was to execute a 5k run; however, she was unable to live long enough to fulfill that dream. On her behalf, 200 people made Aiyana's final wish come true.

Many of the 200 people that appeared at the event to run the 5k had never met Aiyana.

"Every year it's going to get bigger and bigger," Hanson said.

"We want to raise enough money to pay for a Make-A-Wish."

There has been no word on physical abuse towards other children in the Olympic Track Club.

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