- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A man in Anderson has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in the death of his 8-month-old son.

Multiple media outlets reported that Christopher Foster pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child neglect Thursday.

Prosecutors said Foster told investigators he had been feeding Leon Foster and the child would not stop crying so he held the boy against his chest until the child stopped breathing.

Foster’s wife was not at home when the incident occurred but called 911 when she returned. The boy was pronounced dead at AnMed Health Medical Center on June 8, 2012.

The death initially had been ruled an accident but was later ruled a homicide.

Defense attorney Jennifer Johnson said Foster had extensive financial and family problems that contributed to his frustration.

“It was a terrible, horrible thing that he did,” Johnson said. “I know he wishes every day he could take it back.”

Foster and his family were living in a room of a home with 13 people in the small house belonging to his wife’s parents. Foster also had bounced from job to job, losing work twice after wrecking cars and being underemployed at other jobs, Johnson said.

Circuit Judge Brooks Goldsmith rejected Johnson’s request for a 5-year sentence with probation.

Foster and his wife have an older child who has been placed in foster care.

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