- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man has been convicted in the death of his former girlfriend’s toddler son.

A Hillsborough County jury found 31-year-old Michell Blanco guilty Thursday of child abuse and second-degree murder. The Tampa Bay Times (https://goo.gl/PMKD58 ) reports that the panel declined to convict him of first-degree murder.

Authorities say Blanco was watching 3-year-old Alexis Garcia in May 2010 while the child’s mother was a work. The boy ended up with two skull fractures that doctors say were likely caused by a fist or some other blunt object.

Blanco’s attorney said the boy was chasing ducks near a pond behind their apartment complex when he fell on a concrete walkway and hit his head on a footbridge’s wooden railing.

Doctors testified it was unlikely the damage could have been done by a fall.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.

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