- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a Gillette man charged in the New Year’s Eve death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

The Gillette News Record reports (https://goo.gl/moEPjY ) Campbell County prosecutors are pursuing the punishment against Donald Foltz Jr., in part, because the victim was of a vulnerable age. Foltz has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Forensic experts had testified that the boy died of trauma to his abdomen area.

About a week before his death, the boy was taken to the hospital after complaining of pain in one of his legs. Charging documents say the doctor raised the possibility of child abuse, but the boy’s mother denied abusing him and said he was accident prone.

Foltz has a previous child abuse conviction involving a 2-year-old child in Greeley, Colorado.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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