- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) - A 28-year-old western New York man has been accused of recklessly causing the death of his infant son.

Local media report that Jeffrey Deats of Batavia was arraigned Thursday in city court on second-degree manslaughter charges.

Authorities say an autopsy indicates six-month-old Chandler Zuch suffered multiple injuries to his brain. Deats and his mother called 911 Sunday morning to report the infant was not breathing, and the boy was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Deats said he tripped and fell down some stairs while holding his son, who was having his first overnight visit since his father was given visitation rights two months ago.

Deats is being held in the Genesee County Jail. It could not be immediately determined if he has a lawyer.


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