Man sentenced in son's death

Friday, March 8, 2002

CLAYTON, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in last year's shaking death of his infant son has been sentenced to five years behind bars. St. Louis County jurors in January convicted Mark Anthony Counts, 39, of Olivette, in the death of 5-month-old Curtis Counts on Jan. 24, 2001.

Prosecutors offered evidence that the boy's death was not an accident but was caused by reckless conduct. Counts' defenders argued the child died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

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