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May 28, 2010 8:25 AM

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.

The American Press reports 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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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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