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Elkridge man gets 20 years for shaking baby to death

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The seemingly remorseful father who pleaded guilty to shaking his own 6-week-old baby to death inside his Elkridge home in September was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday.

Aron James Krampf, 27, of the 6200 block of Ducketts Lane, apologized during his sentencing hearing in Howard County Circuit Court and told Judge Timothy J. McCrone that the event is "like a nightmare I can't wake up from," according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Krampf pleaded guilty in March to a second-degree murder charge in connection with the incident, which occurred on Sept. 10. 

Howard County police and paramedics responded to Krampf’s residence about 12:45 p.m. on Sept. 10 for a report of an unconscious, 6-week-old who was not breathing. Krampf’s  daughter, Aubrey, was transported to Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries on Sept. 11, according to police.

At the sentencing hearing, several of Krampf's family members testified in his defense and asked the court for leniency in his sentence, Kirwan said. Some described him as not having a violent nature, according to Kirwan.

Prosecutor Mary Murphy described Aubrey's injuries, which included brain bleeds, 12 broken ribs and broken leg bones, Kirwan said.

McCrone sentenced Krampf to 30 years with all but 20 years suspended, and he imposed a series of conditions on the five-year probation period following his release, Kirwan said.  

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