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Ohio man pleads guilty in infant son’s death, gets 24 years

Township police say the infant was hospitalized and died just days later after being taken off life support.

Posted: Jan 3, 2020 4:13 PM

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused in the death of his infant son and of injuring the child’s older sibling pleaded guilty to reduced charges on Friday and was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Cody Colwell, of Clearcreek Township, pleaded guilty in Warren County to voluntary manslaughter and endangering children.

He originally had been charged with murder.

Prosecutors said 2-month-old Cayden Colwell suffered blunt force injury to the head and Colwell’s 3-year-old stepson had multiple bruises on his body.

Authorities responding to a 911 call last April found Cayden unresponsive at a Clearcreek Township home.

Township police say the infant was hospitalized and died just days later after being taken off life support.

Colwell declined to say anything in court Friday.

His attorney also declined to comment when reached by phone.

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