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LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man who caused bleeding in the brain of his seven-week-old daughter by shaking her was given a chance Friday to convince a judge not to send him to prison.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas gave Jeremy R. Hayes six months of probation, pending a final sentencing decision.

Hayes, 25, of Humber Avenue, had pleaded guilty in June to a reduced charge of attempted reckless assault on a child, which carries a maximum four-year prison term. The incident happened April 7 on Ninth Street in Niagara Falls, where Hayes was then living with the girl’s mother and their son.

“He compounded the problem by not telling anyone and not obtaining immediate medical care,” Farkas said.

Deputy District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said, “It appears from all the information I’ve received that [the baby] will not have any long-term effects.”

Hayes said he talked the baby’s mother out of having an abortion. “I didn’t want to kill my baby. She might grow up to be the next president,” Hayes told the judge. He said he’s been taking parenting classes since his guilty plea, although he is barred from contacting the baby.