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Man Found Guilty in Baby Death

May 10, 2001

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ A man who claimed that a 3-year-old girl in his care drank herself to death was found guilty Thursday of murder.

Charles Bodenburg, 22, said Kayla Zachman consumed a bottle of amaretto as he slept in 1999 and he later found her unconscious. Prosecutors said the girl was beaten and smothered while Bodenburg was baby-sitting for his girlfriend.

The girl had a blood-alcohol level of 0.05 percent, which prosecutors said was not high enough for alcohol poisoning.

Bodenburg, who was found guilty of second-degree murder, faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced next month.

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