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Man to spend 25 years in prison for child's death

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A man found guilty of manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend's 1 1/2-year-old son will spend 25 years in prison.

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The Argus Leader reports that 26-year-old Congolese refugee Manegabe Ally was sentenced Thursday to 45 years in prison, with 20 years suspended.

Ally was caring for Merveil 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.

A coroner who testified during the trial said the boy died of a skull fracture. The trial's testimony centered on whether the injury was accidental.

Ally maintained that the child fell off a bed and onto the floor. But doctors said Ally's claim didn't explain the fracture and other injuries.

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