ST. GEORGE — A southern Utah man has been sentenced to prison for abusing and nearly killing his girlfriend's 9-month-old son.

Dakota Woolsey, 25, of Hurricane, has been sentenced to up to 16 years in prison for child abuse, the Spectrum reports.

Washington County deputy attorney Zachary Weiland says the baby was physically abused and the child's 3-year-old brother was also mentally harmed. Weiland says the boy is convinced he will be found dead.

According to a probable cause statement, the baby showed signs of having been choked and had bruises on his chest, neck and back.

Officials also found fractured ribs and fractured lower leg bones that appear to be older injuries.

Woolsey's attorney says the man understands the seriousness of what he did and wants to get help.