- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting and killing the 5-year-old son of his then-girlfriend.

Matthew Kuzdzal (KUHD’-zuhl) was given the maximum sentence Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Buffalo, where a jury convicted him last month of second-degree murder and predatory sexual assault against a child.

Authorities say the 27-year-old sodomized and fatally beat Eain (EE’-ihn) Brooks in September 2013 in the Buffalo apartment Kuzdzal shared with the boy’s mother.

Prosecutors say Kuzdzal pushed Eain backward toward the bathtub, causing him to hit his head. He died two days later.

Relatives of the boy say earlier calls to Erie County Child Protective Services were mishandled, leading to changes in the way the agency now tracks repeat reports.

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