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August 23, 2014, 10:19 am
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Man Pleads Guilty to Abuse in Toddler's Death Years After Botched Autopsy


A Springfield man has pleaded guilty to charges in the abuse death of a toddler… five years after the boy’s death was mistakenly attributed to an undiagnosed cancer.

 

That botched finding in the death of Anakin Credit ultimately led to Sangamon County severing its ties with pathologist Jessica Bowman… and contributed to the eventual departure of Coroner Susan Boone.

 

A later autopsy by outside experts determined the two-year-old boy had died of abuse.

 

His mother’s boyfriend, Mason Weems, pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of aggravated battery of a child, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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