A former Memphis chef with a history of violent behavior was convicted Monday of breaking his then-three-month-old son’s skull in 2015, according to District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
A criminal court jury convicted Jason Doty, 45, of reckless aggravated assault. The conviction carries two to four years in prison.
Since the victim was under age eight, Doty will face sentencing guidelines for aggravated child neglect, which could be 15 to 25 years without the possibility for parole when he is sentenced in November by Judge Lee Coffee.
Here’s how Weirich’s office described the events:
“The incident occurred the morning of March 30, 2015, at the residence in the 4500 block of Amboy Road near Cherry Road and Quince Road.
Doty told officials the baby fell off a changing table onto the hardwood floor, but doctors testified that the baby’s injuries could not have been caused by a fall.
One doctor said the injuries were caused by blunt force trauma to the head not consistent with a fall, while another doctor, an ophthalmologist, said retinal hemorrhages in the child’s eyes were the result of child abuse.”
The case was handled by ADAs Dru Carpenter and Cavett Ostner of the DA’s Special Victims Unit, which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse, severe physical abuse of child victims, rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and the abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
Doty has a long history of assaulting women. He has been arrested for assault three times in Shelby County since 2004 and once in Texas.
His most notable offense was in the Cooper-Young home he shared with his girlfriend in 2013. Doty flew into a rage after the woman asked if he’d dropped a sugar container. He choked the woman, slapped her in the face, and knocked her down. She locked herself in a bathroom but Doty broke in and continued to assault her there.
Doty was once a baker at Bluff City Coffee. He attempted to open the Sweetlife Bakery in Cooper Young in 2011.