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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Dad sentenced in death of newborn

  • Authorities say a man charged in the beating death of his newborn son has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
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  • (AP) — Authorities say a man charged in the beating death of his newborn son has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Vonderrick Smith entered the plea Monday in De Queen, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Smith was charged in the February 2011 death of his son, 1-month-old Kason Smith. Authorities say the baby suffered multiple internal injuries and died at a Dallas hospital. An autopsy found Kason died of blunt-force trauma and had ruptured blood vessels behind his eyes. Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir says the baby's relatives supported the plea deal. Smith's attorney, Darrell F. Brown Jr. , was not immediately available for comment.

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