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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Father convicted in Framingham baby-shaking case

FRAMINGHAM

A Framingham man faces 20 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the shaking death of his 2-month old son in 2004.

Prosecutors sought a first-degree murder conviction - which comes with an automatic life sentence - against William Christian Jr., 23. But a Middlesex Superior Court jury on Friday returned with a guilty verdict on the lesser charge. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 2.

Christian admitted shaking his 14-pound son, William Christian III, in February 2004 in the Framingham apartment he shared with the infant's mother, Amanda Taylor.

The 6-foot-3, 355-pound Christian said he never meant to hurt the boy, and didn't seek immediate medical help because he didn't realize the boy was injured.

The infant died a week after the incident. The death was ruled a homicide.

The jury deliberated for eight hours over two days.

Christian has been in custody since his arrest.

-- AP

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