MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Madison man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for physically abusing his former girlfriend’s 4-year-old son who suffered brain damage and nearly died.  Twenty-seven-year-old Jerry Ehrett claimed the boy fell while riding his bike. But, a jury convicted Ehrett of child abuse causing great bodily harm. The State Journal (http://bit.ly/Z2oFAP ) reports a criminal complaint says Ehrett pushed the boy into a kitchen counter in August 2011.  Assistant District Attorney Matthew Moeser says the child nearly died, but survived with severe brain damage and will require lifelong care.

—      Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj