Porterville man gets 25 years-to-life in prison for killing 3-month-old son

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A Porterville man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for killing his 3-month-old son in 2010, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Joseph Ulloa, 33, got 25 years-to-life in prison for second-degree murder.

On Oct. 17, 2018, a jury convicted Ulloa of assaulting a child resulting in the death of his 3-month-old son Jackson.

The morning of Sept. 23, 2010, Ulloa, wanting to go back to bed after the baby’s mother went to work, shook the baby and threw him on the bed and couch in their apartment numerous times, the DA’s Office said.

Ulloa then strapped the baby in a bouncing chair and went back to sleep. The baby went into full cardiac arrest at that time, the DA’s Office said.

After Ulloa woke up, he took the unresponsive baby to a neighbor, who called 911.

Jackson remained on a ventilator at Valley Children’s Hospital until he died on Oct. 14, 2010.

Doctors discovered Jackson suffered severe bi-lateral retinal hemorrhages, subdural hemorrhages in the brain, a traumatic brain injury, and two posterior fractured ribs.

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