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Mother guilty of murder in death of 2-year-old son

February 23, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 23-year-old woman has been found guilty of murder in the beating death of her 2-year-old son.

Keona Owens of Buffalo also was found guilty of manslaughter Friday in a bench trial before Judge Russell Buscaglia. Her boyfriend, Bashar Hall, is scheduled to stand trial in April.

Prosecutors say the child, Xavion Hazzard, was beaten and shaken by Owens and Hall in their home last July. He died later in a hospital.

Owens faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when she’s sentenced in May.