NJ man faces prison for death of autistic child

Saturday, October 08, 2011

A New Jersey man who caused the death of his ex-girlfriend's autistic son last year has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

Corey C. Fitzgerald must serve 85 percent of his term before becoming eligible for parole under the sentence imposed Friday. He also received a concurrent four-year term for an unrelated aggravated assault of his ex-girlfriend in June 2010.

Fitzgerald pleaded guilty in September to aggravated manslaughter in the death of 3-year-old Teyshawn Young. Fitzgerald was babysitting Teyshawn when he pushed him, causing the child to strike his head.

Fitzgerald then hid the child's injuries from his mother over the next few days. The boy later died at a hospital, and an autopsy found he died of a perforated bowel caused by blunt abdominal trauma.

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