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Police say playground punch kills York man who had spina bifida

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 20, 2017 10:32 AM
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(York) -- Police say a man with spina bifida died when he was punched at a playground by another man who believed the victim had been threatening children with a stick.

York police say the dead man, 25-year-old Oscar Cherry III, was merely defending some little girls he was babysitting after another group of children threw rocks and sticks at him and called him names.

When Cherry picked up the stick to defend himself, two children ran home and got their cousin, 18-year-old Kwamiere Durham.

Police say Durham confronted Cherry and when Cherry didn't respond, Durham punched Cherry in the face and Cherry fell and hit his head. He died Tuesday.

Court records don't list an attorney for Durham who's jailed on homicide and assault charges.

Spina bifida is a congenital defect of the spine. 

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