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'Inexcusable'

| January 9, 2021 1:00 AM

A Coeur d’Alene man was sentenced Wednesday to serve up to 10 years in prison for injury to a child, the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced.

Kenneth Reetz, 33, was sentenced by District Judge Lansing Haynes, who ordered that the first four years of the sentence would be fixed, and the remaining six years would be indeterminate.

The offenses related to Reetz breaking the arm of his infant son while in his care in April, according to the press release.

"Reetz indicated he was intoxicated at the time he inflicted an injury on his son," the release said.

Reetz pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 24.

Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh said the sentence reflects the concerns that Reetz had seriously injured his child then failed to seek medical treatment.

“Victimizing a helpless child is inexcusable. Mr. Reetz’s conduct, criminal history, and attitude about his conduct demonstrated a need for incarceration," McHugh said.

He said the sentence will allow the Department of Correction to evaluate Mr. Reetz’s willingness "to change his thinking in order that children will be safe in his presence in the future. His ability to change will determine how much time he spends in prison.”