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Father who sparked fire that killed son gets prison

February 23, 2018

UNION CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey father who admitted tossing lit matches in an apartment that sparked a fire which killed his infant son and damaged dozens of buildings is now headed to prison.

Eddie Gonzalez Sr. received a five-year sentence on Friday. The 27-year-old Union City man had pleaded guilty last November to reckless manslaughter.

Gonzalez and another man were lighting matches and tossing them on a cousin who was sleeping on a couch in Gonzalez’s Union City apartment in March 2017. The cousin would wake and flick the matches away.

Gonzalez’s 1-year-old son, Eddie Gonzalez Jr., died in the fire. His mother and a five-month-old sibling escaped unharmed, while his father suffered burns.

Among the buildings damaged by the blaze was the 119-year-old Saints Joseph and Michael Roman Catholic Church.

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