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Soccer club strikes plan to have baby death defendant as coach

February 11, 1997

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) _ A youth soccer league has rescinded its offer of a coaching position to a teen-ager charged with killing his newborn son.

Brian C. Peterson Jr., 18, was invited last week by his former high school soccer coach, Evan Baumgarten, to help coach a team in Wyckoff’s Torpedoes Soccer Club.

But over the weekend, club President Dan Caldwell told Baumgarten to withdraw the offer.

He said he felt ``this would be inappropriate until Brian’s legal status has been resolved.″

Caldwell said public reaction was not a factor in his decision, although a a few players’ parents had voiced concern about having Peterson help train the club’s roughly 400 boys and girls.

Peterson and Amy Grossberg, both of Wyckoff, are charged with murder in the death of their infant son, whose body was found in a trash bin outside a Delaware motel.

Trial is set for Sept. 9. The charges could carry the death penalty.

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