Bluefield man convicted of involuntary manslaughter, abuse in death of infant son


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PRINCETON, West Virginia — A Bluefield man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his infant son.

Media outlets report that a Mercer County Circuit Court jury also found 24-year-old Cassidy Byrd guilty of a child abuse charge. He faces up to 40 years in prison on the abuse charge and 12 months in jail on the manslaughter charge.

Jurors handed up their verdict on Wednesday. Byrd is scheduled to be sentenced on April 27.

Mercer County assistant prosecutor Kelli Harshbarger said during closing arguments that Byrd's son, Ethan Byrd, died in April 2014 from a blow to his head.

Byrd was attacked by fellow inmates in a holding cell at the Mercer County Courthouse in June 2014. He was at the courthouse for a preliminary hearing.

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