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Dad convicted of aggravated manslaughter in infant’s death

May 14, 2018

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man accused of causing his infant son’s death during a troublesome morning feeding session six years ago has been convicted of aggravated manslaughter.

Michael Marrara faces more than 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced June 15. He was also convicted Monday of aggravated assault, child endangerment and hindering apprehension charges.

Bergen County prosecutors say Marrara grew frustrated with the child and throttled him in March 2012, causing brain hemorrhages. They say an autopsy also revealed the child had suffered three broken ribs in the weeks before his death.

Defense lawyers contended the child was a sickly infant who died of a rare bleeding disorder that was brought on by a virus and left the hemorrhages.

Marrara’s lawyers said they will appeal the verdict.

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