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Man Gets 20 Years for Infant Son's Death

Tampa, Bay, FL (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the death of his infant son.

A Hillsborough County judge sentenced 27-year-old Donald Dankert
on Friday. He was convicted in September of third-degree murder and
child abuse. He had been charged with first-degree murder, but
jurors settled on the lesser charge.

In December 2003, Dankert rushed into a hospital carrying his
son Dylan. He told doctors he had dropped the child when he was
startled by a dog. A medical examiner reported the boy had suffered
more than one fatal blow to the abdomen.

The baby's mother, Tanya Gruce, faces an aggravated manslaughter
charge for failing to seek medical attention for her son.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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