Gautier man pleads guilty to abusing disabled child

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Gautier man will spend 20 years behind bars for abusing a disabled six-year-old girl in 2012. Prosecutors said Sidney Potts, 22, knew the child from an acquaintance. The little child suffered internal bleeding and was taken to the hospital after the injuries were discovered.

"This victim was not only vulnerable because of her age, but also because of her disabilities," Assistant District Attorney Angel Myers said. "I am glad that, in light of her disabilities and what she has already endured because of this incident, she will not have to suffer through the trauma of a trial. While we cannot undo what happened to this child, I am proud that she received justice today."

Judge Kathy King Jackson sentenced Potts to 25 years. The last five years of that sentence can be served on Post Release Supervision. Potts must also pay a fine of $2500, court costs, a $250 assessment to the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund, and a $1,000 assessment to the Mississippi Children's Trust Fund.

"I commend the Gautier Police Department for their investigation in this case. Mr. Potts was held accountable for his cruel and violent acts against this child and will be in prison and unable to harm another child," District Attorney Tony Lawrence said. "The Defendant's actions had tragic consequences that will affect this child and her family for the rest of her life. I hope the 20 year sentence will serve as notice that abuse of a child, in any form, will not be tolerated in Jackson County."

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