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Jury convicts Milwaukee father in shaken baby death trial

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A jury has convicted a Milwaukee man accused of physical abuse that prosecutors said led to the 2013 death of his infant son.

Thirty-four-year-old David Allen Sr. was convicted Monday of first-degree reckless homicide, as well child abuse and child neglect, each causing great bodily injury.

The Journal Sentinel reports Allen faces up to 57 years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 17.

Defense attorneys had brought in experts who challenged the medical presumption of shaken baby syndrome and Allen’s own confession to abusing his son, known as Junior.

Doctors who testified for prosecutors said Junior’s injuries were a classic case of shaken baby syndrome.

In closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney Matthew Torbenson called the testimony by defense experts a “courtroom controversy,” not a real medical debate.

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