Cedar City • A 25-year-old Cedar City man was sentenced Tuesday to 1 to 15 years in prison for the shaking death of his girlfriend's son.
Thomas Canum was convicted by a jury of the Sept. 28, 2010 death of his live-in girlfriend's 14-month-old son, Cayden Lasseter, at the apartment the couple shared in Cedar City. Witnesses who testified at the trial said Canum claimed the child was injured by a fall from a couch.
During Tuesday's sentencing, Cayden's grandfather, Daniel Gricius, told the court it will take time to forgive Canum. He said the family has been through a "serious hardship" since the boy's death and that Canum shattered his dream of having a grandson.