Man sentenced to 3 years in death of child in fire
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who acknowledged tossing lit matches in an apartment, sparking a fire that killed an infant and damaged dozens of buildings, has been sentenced to three years in prison.
The Jersey Journal reports 20-year-old Edwin Diaz was sentenced on Friday in Hudson County on a reckless manslaughter plea in the March 2017 death of 1-year-old Eddie Gonzalez Jr.
Diaz says he was in the Union City apartment with the boy’s father and they were lighting matches and tossing them on a cousin sleeping on a couch, which caught fire.
Diaz has apologized, saying there isn’t a day he doesn’t think “of the innocent child we lost that night.” The boy’s father pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced earlier to five years in prison.
Information from: The Jersey Journal , http://www.nj.com/jjournal