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Pediatrician Found Guilty of Homicide For Dropping Baby

October 18, 1986

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ A pediatrician was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide for dropping his infant son and then keeping the accident a secret because he was ashamed and because the baby seemed fine.

Philip Campolo showed no reaction when the verdict was announced Friday night. He could receive up to four years in prison at his sentencing Dec. 1.

His 6-week-old son, Christopher, died four days after the incident last October, and an autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a brain hemorrhage resulting from three small skull fractures, according to testimony.

The jury deliberated for four days.

During the two weeks of testimony, Campolo said he dropped his son from about two feet into a porcelain sink while changing him in the middle of the night.

He said he didn’t tell anyone about the incident because he examined the boy and found him to be fine, and he was also afraid his wife, Marie, might leave him if she found out.

″My problems started when I lied to Marie,″ he testified. ″Everything snowballed after that.″

Prosecutor Richard A. Keenan told jurors that Campolo should be found guilty because he caused the injuries to his son and failed to seek medical attention.

But defense attorney David A. Murante told jurors, ″My client’s not an ogre. If he had sensed something was wrong ... he would have taken his child to the doctor.″

Marie Campolo testified her husband told her there was no reason to worry because ″our baby’s fine.″

When asked by Murante what she thought of her husband she said: ″I still love him very, very much. He loved the baby. He would never hurt him.″