Man Sentenced In Toddler Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A Hernando County man initially accused
of fatally abusing his girlfriend's 1-year-old son has been
sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to a lesser

David Alan McBurnett Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter
by culpable negligence as part of a plea deal. The 20-year-old
could have faced life in prison if he was convicted of first-degree

McBurnett was arrested shortly after the child's death in
September. Authorities say he repeatedly hit the toddler for

McBurnett's attorney said the child was being abused but not by
McBurnett. The attorney would not say who was hurting the boy.

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