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Jamie Paul Bell (mug shot PCSO)

A man from Mountain Grove who was charged with assaulting his girlfriend's two year-old son in January of 2006 has been found guilty of first-degree assault with deadly force.

Texas County prosecutor Mike Anderson says when Jamie Paul Bell, 34, shook Quentin Ferarra
 it caused severe brain damage that has left him in a persistent vegetative state.  Bell told authorities the little boy, who had bruises that covered his entire body, fell from a chair and bumped his head on a table.

The jury has recommended a life sentence, which is 30 years in the state of Missouri, for Bell who is scheduled to be sentenced on January 10, 2012.

The case was moved from Texas County to Phelps County on a change of venue.