Man convicted in toddler's death

Friday, May 23, 2003

OZARK, Mo. -- A Rockaway Beach man was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder in the shaking and beating death of his girlfriend's toddler son.

Jurors returned the guilty verdict against David Manwarren, 23, in Christian County, where the trial was moved from Taney County on a change of venue.

Prosecutors said Manwarren cursed at 2-year-old Josh Polson in March 2001 for crying and twice slammed the child onto the floor of the family's mobile home.

The child died three days later at a Springfield hospital.

Sentencing for Manwarren is scheduled for June 20.

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