AL--Infant's Death-Verdict

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (AP) - A Fort Rucker soldier has been acquitted of all charges in his infant son's death.

Fort Rucker Public Affairs Officer Lisa Eichhorn said a six-soldier panel unanimously acquitted Spc. Dedrick Fisher Sr. in a general court martial Thursday.

Fisher's son died Feb. 2 after he was unable to recover from brain injuries suffered when prosecutors said Fisher shook him in November 2008.

The soldier was charged with manslaughter and admitted during a hearing that he shook the 7-weeek-old infant before rushing him to a military police officer and saying the child choked.

If convicted Fisher would have faced dishonorable discharge and up to 10 years in a federal prison.

The Dothan Eagle reports civilian defense attorney Victor Kelley said a neurosurgeon testified that the baby had suffered an injury created by a birth trauma.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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