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May 28, 2010 9:18 AM by Sharlee Jacobs

Man Gets Life for Fatal Abuse

DERIDDER, La. (AP) - Jeffery Paul Denby has been sentenced to
life in prison in the death of 18-month-old John Thomas Anthony
Brewer.
State District Court Judge Martha Ann O'Neal sentenced Denby on
Thursday.
A jury last week convicted Denby of
first-degree murder.
Denby told investigators that he spanked the boy after the child
turned over a bassinet that held his 3-month-old daughter on June
18, 2009. Denby said that when the boy continued to cry, he
continued to spank and hit him in the head.
Holly Brewer, the boy's mother, has been charged with accessory
after the fact to second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.
She reportedly told investigators she knew of ongoing abuse at
the home but took no steps to stop it.
Her trial is set for June 21.

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