D.C. Man Gets 3 Years for Infant Death

Hiawatha Henry pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Saturday, Oct 15, 2011  |  Updated 4:36 PM EDT
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D.C. Man Gets 3 Years for Infant Death

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A 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty in the death of his infant son in the District of Columbia has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Hiawatha Henry was sentenced Friday in D.C. Superior Court after pleading guilty in July to involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Henry, who was babysitting his 7-week-old son in August 2009, misled medical personnel by saying that the child had begun vomiting during a feeding. They say Henry actually had picked up his crying infant, sat on a broken futon, carelessly held the child and then dropped him. The boy struck his head on a metal futon frame.

An autopsy concluded the cause of death was abusive head injuries with a brain contusion.
 

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