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Aug 11, 2011 9:21 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Lafayette man sentenced in infant son's death

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Lafayette man accused of killing his infant son by shaking and throwing him has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Joaquin Campos, 21, pleaded guilty in May to felony child abuse resulting in the death of 10-week-old Lyon Campos in October.

Boulder District Judge Gwyneth Whalen said at his sentencing hearing Thursday that it was a significant understatement to say Campos was ill-prepared to take care of an infant. The Daily Camera reports Campos was born to a mentally ill 17-year-old girl, was placed into foster care at age 2, and suffered physical and sexual abuse with foster families. The newspaper reports he dropped out of high school and qualified for Social Security disability due to his mental impairments before Lyon was born.

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