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Apr 5, 2012 11:29 AM by AP

Charge increased against man in son's death

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A state judge in Caddo Parish has increased the charge against a Shreveport father arrested in the death of his 1-year-old son.

The Times reports that 23-year-old Rodricus Crawford, who had been charged with second-degree murder, now faces a first-degree murder charge.

He was arrested in February.

Judge Mike Pitman increased the charge Wednesday after learning an autopsy of Roderius Lott revealed the child was smothered.

A forensic pathologist testified that there was evidence of intentional use of force against the child. The defense has indicated plans to demonstrate that the child was injured in a fall, and that he may have smothered when someone rolled over on him while he slept.

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