Report: Mass. Man Who Beat Child to Death Commits Suicide in Prison

CV -- Leslie Schuler, right, and his girlfriend Tiffany Hyman, second from left, stand in district court Tuesday, June 23, 2009, where they were arraigned on multiple charges of assault and battery on a child, Schuler's 7-year-old son Nathaniel Turner. Prosecutors said the boy, who came to Massachusetts from Alabama to spend the summer with his father, was severely beaten by Schuler on Father's Day and has been declared "clinically dead." (AP Photo/The Telegram & Gazette, Chris Christo) Library Tag 06252009 National/Foreign
Leslie Schuler, right, pleaded guilty to beating and killing his 7-year-old son. He committed suicide in prison on Friday.
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Leslie Schuler, a man who pleaded guilty to the 2009 beating death of his 7-year-old son, committed suicide in prison today.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported that the 41-year-old took his own life while at Walpole state prison.

He pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge in his son’s death and received a life sentence earlier this month. His sentence included the possibility of parole after 15 years.

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Police said Schuler attacked his son, Nathaniel Turner, on Father’s Day five years ago. Turner was hospitalized for two days before he died.