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Connecticut Father Charged In Death Of 3-Month-Old

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(AP Photo/Uwe Lein)

(AP Photo/Uwe Lein)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut father has been charged in the death of his 3-month old son, telling police he accidentally fell on top of the child, crushing his skull.

Forty-year-old Anthony Nelson of Hartford has been charged with first-degree manslaughter, assault, making a false statement and risk of injury to a minor.

Joette Katz, commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, says the agency had been involved with the family since the baby’s birth because of a concern the parents had a history of drug addiction.

Katz said the baby had tested positive for cocaine.

The Hartford Courant reports the baby was pronounced dead at a hospital Tuesday. An autopsy showed bilateral fractures and hemorrhaging within the skull.

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