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Sioux Falls man convicted of manslaughter in child's death

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A jury in Sioux Falls says a man accused in the death of his girlfriend's 1 ½-year-old son is guilty of manslaughter but not murder.

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The Argus Leader reports the jury deliberated about four hours before reaching the verdict Thursday. It means 26-year-old Congolese refugee Manegabe Ally will not automatically get a life prison sentence — though it's still a possibility.

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 testified the boy died of a skull fracture. Testimony during the trial centered around whether the injury was accidental.

Circuit Judge Mark Salter ordered a presentence investigation. He did not immediately schedule sentencing.

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