Grants Pass man sent to prison for critically injuring his 2-year-old stepson
A child abuser who critically injured a young boy was sentenced today by Judge Thomas Hull to 90 months in state prison.
34-year-old Damien Gulick critically injured his 2-year-old stepson, Dane Dimmick, on Dec. 5, 2012, at the family’s residence on Triller Lane. Gulick, who said during his trial that he had a blackout, kneed Dane in the head because he was flickering lights and turning the television on and off. Gulick did not immediately call paramedics and instead texted his wife to say that Dane had injured himself playing. Dane suffered a stroke from the attack and he was eventually flown to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland where he was placed in a coma and a portion of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling.
Dane’s mother, Kris Dimmick, said that Dane will likely never ride a bicycle or play sports because if he suffers another head injury he would likely die.
The jury during Gulick’s trial found him guilty of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment.