Man sentenced for brutal killing of his infant son, beating him until he was brain dead

On Monday, Ada County District Judge James S. Cawthon sentenced Thomas Rowley, a thirty-year-old father from Idaho, to life in a state department of correction facility with the possibility of parole after a minimum of 25 years for the June 2020 killing of his four-month-old son, Milo Rowley.

Prosecutor Jan Bennetts expressed her condolences to Milo’s mother and family, praising the hard work of the trial team, medical experts, and Boise Police Detectives in bringing justice to this case.

The evidence presented at the month-long trial in March 2023, showed that on Saturday, June 20, 2020, Rowley had severely shaken Milo before dropping him into his crib, resulting in a fatal brain injury that he died from the following day.

It was also determined that Rowley had hit and shaken his son on several occasions prior to his death. Despite Milo being in distress after the abuse, Rowley waited approximately four hours before calling 911 and requesting medical assistance.

No sentence can ease the unbearable loss to Milo’s family, and the abuse and homicide of a child is heartbreaking. However, the tireless efforts of all involved in this case have allowed for justice to be served.