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Man charged with child murder testifies in trial

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A man charged with murder in the death of a toddler in South Dakota has told a jury that he did not hurt the victim.

Twenty-six-year-old Congolese refugee Manegabe Ally testified Wednesday during his trial for the death of 18-month-old Merveil Kasangu, the son of a woman he lived with.

The Argus Leader ( reports 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.

Ally told the jury through an interpreter that he happily cared for the toddler.

Prosecutors have presented testimony for days from doctors who say the death was a homicide resulting from blunt force trauma.