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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has been convicted of murder in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son.

The Repository reports a jury in northeast Ohio’s Stark County deliberated two hours Thursday before returning guilty verdicts against 27-year-old Brent Fields in Owen Buggey’s death last October.

A medical examiner ruled the boy died from septic shock caused by blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

Fields lived with his girlfriend and her four children in Canton and often cared for them. The girlfriend, Ruth Buggey, previously pleaded guilty to complicity to child endangering and obstruction of justice for lying to authorities about what happened to Owen.

Fields testified at trial that he would discipline Owen and his three older siblings to teach them right from wrong but never meant to harm them.


Information from: The Repository,