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Florida Infant Killed

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A father accused of throwing his
infant son into a canal and leaving him there to die is facing the
death penalty after a judge rejected a plea deal today.

Charles Tyson expected to plead guilty to second-degree murder,
which would have given him a roughly 30 year prison sentence. But
the judge rejected the deal.

In April 2006, police say Tyson tossed his 9-month-old son from
a car, slammed thebaby onto the vehicle's hood and then threw him
into a canal. Tyson was charged with first-degree murder,
aggravated child abuse, child endangerment and violating a
restraining order.

Assistant State Attorney Lanna Belohlavek says they agreed to
the plea deal at the request of the baby's mother.

A trial date was set for April 21st.


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