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Experts say fall could have caused Sioux Falls toddler's death

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Experts testifying on behalf of a Sioux Falls man accused of murdering a toddler say the child's fatal injuries could have been caused by an accidental fall.

Twenty-six-year-old Congolese refugee Manegabe Ally has been on trial since last week for the death of 18-month old Merveil Kasangu, the son of a woman he lived with. The Argus Leader reports that he faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder.

Ally was caring for Kasangu on Christmas Eve 2012, when he called 911 to report that the boy wasn't breathing. The child died in the hospital the next day.

Prosecutors have presented testimony for days from doctors who say the death was a homicide resulting from blunt force trauma. Defense experts say an accidental fall also is plausible.

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