Father convicted in death of 5-month-old son
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man was convicted Friday of manslaughter and aggravated child neglect in the death of his 5-month-old son.
In November of 2011, 5-month-old Cordero Webber Jr. was home with his mother and father when the mother, Kierra Laird, found her son not breathing. Evidence in the case showed the infant suffered a blow to his head and died at home.
Doctors discovered multiple bruises on the baby's cheeks, chin, head and ears. The child suffered from severe malnutrition and his brain was half the normal size. Doctors say the baby stopped growing due to trauma. They also found the baby had rib fractures from a prior assault.
The father Cordero Webber Sr. faces up to 45 years in prison in the case. He will be sentenced July 8.
Laird is also charged in the case. She pleaded guilty to child neglect. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 17.
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