By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MARION, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the suffocation death of his 3-month-old son.

Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti says 23-year-old Brandon Vaughn of Johnston City entered the guilty plea Monday. He faces up to 14 years in prison for the manslaughter charge.

The Southern Illinoisan ( ) reports Vaughn initially was charged with murdering his son, Brayson, in October 2013. He was accused of throwing a comforter over the baby and going outside to smoke.

Authorities said Brayson was found unresponsive at his home and was declared dead at a hospital.

Zanotti says Vaughn was ordered to have no visitation with another one of his children while incarcerated.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced on May 8.


Information from: Southern Illinoisan,

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