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Court upholds conviction in baby’s death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says a man accused of shaking an infant to death was properly convicted.

A jury in 2007 convicted Craig C. Tolonen of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 6-month-old Serenitee Halbert about a year earlier in Allenton. Tolonen told police he shook the baby and threw her onto a couch when she wouldn’t stop crying.

Tolonen, now 27, argues on appeal that his statements should have been suppressed, prosecutors didn’t prove his actions killed the baby and he deserves a new trial because research on shaken baby syndrome has advanced.

The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled police properly questioned him and medical evidence tied the baby’s injuries to Tolonen’s actions.

An attorney listed for Tolonen in online court records didn’t immediately return a message.

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