Man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in son's death

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 12, 2017 7:00 AM
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(Stroudsburg) -- An eastern Pennsylvania man has been acquitted of third-degree murder but convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the son who lived for more than two decades in a vegetative state after a brain injury.

Forty-seven-year-old Christopher Barber, who served six years in the 1990s on an aggravated assault conviction in the case, was freed after a time-served term.

Prosecutors said he shook his fussy baby boy and threw him onto a couch on New Year's Eve in 1991 in Saylorsburg, about 25 miles north of Bethlehem. The son died in 2015.

Jurors in Monroe County deliberated for less than two hours before rendering a verdict Friday.

Barber apologized, saying he had taken responsibility since the beginning and "It was never my intent to harm my son."

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