Bluefield man sentenced to 40 years in death of infant son

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PRINCETON, West Virginia — A Bluefield man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison on charges stemming from the death of his infant son.

Media outlets report that 24-year-old Cassidy Byrd was sentenced on Monday in Mercer County Circuit Court.

Byrd was convicted of child abuse and involuntary manslaughter following a trial in March.

His 8-week-old son, Ethan Byrd, died in April 2014. A medical examiner testified during the trial that infant's skull was fractured by a blow to the head.

Byrd's attorneys say they plan to file an appeal.

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