Eastern Kansas man sentenced for son's death

He pleaded guilty in March

A 23-year-old eastern Kansas man who fatally injured his 6-month-old son has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. 

Benny Clark, of Reece, was sentenced last week for second-degree murder and child abuse in the August 2017 death of his son, Cooper. 

Clark pleaded guilty in March. He said he shook the boy for taking off his diaper and urinating on the bed. He also said the boy fell off the ottoman and hit his head. 

Emergency help wasn't called until the boy's mother, Ashley Morris, returned home for work hours after the boy was hurt. 

Cooper was flown to a Wichita hospital, where he died two days later. Testing showed the boy had a fractured skull. 


 

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