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Man pleads not guilty in Holyoke baby’s death

August 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Holyoke man has pleaded not guilty in superior court to murder and assault in the death of his then-girlfriend’s 19-month-old daughter.

Twenty-seven-year-old Luis Prosper appeared in court Monday. He is charged in the death of Jaliyah Silva in August 2011. Prosecutors said she died of shaking injuries to her head and neck.

The Springfield Republican reports (http://bit.ly/VguZJD) Prosper’s lawyer asked for a bail hearing Sept. 8. Prosper has been held on $500,000 bail since his district court arraignment in May.

Police said Prosper was with Jaliyah while her mother, Deanne Morrissette, showered after they and others spent the day at a lake. Morrissette said she heard screaming and saw Prosper holding Jaliyah. Prosper said he gave the child some water after he heard her making “gargling” noises, then patted her back because he thought she was choking.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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