Toddler Killed

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Friday, May 18 2007 May 18, 2007 Friday, May 18, 2007 8:53:39 AM CDT May 18, 2007 in News
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ST. JOSEPH (AP) - A St. Joseph man gets seven years in prison for the death of a 17-month-old boy. Christopher Kerns was sentenced yesterday in Buchanan County Court. The 26-year-old was found guilty in March of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Caden Blanton. Kerns was allowed to remain free on $250,000 bond pending an appeal. If the sentence is upheld, Kerns likely would be eligible for parole two years into the seven-year sentence. Kerns also was fined $3,000. Prosecutors say Kerns punched Caden in the stomach after the boy bit Kerns on the finger. An autopsy showed that Caden had 38 bruises when he died from internal bleeding from a ruptured small intestine. Caden's parents, Joshua Blanton and Heather Rich, face felony child endangerment charges in his death. Prosecutors allege they did not provide a safe environment for the boy. Both are scheduled for trial in September.

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