Kansas man sentenced for fatally shaking child

Pled guilty to charges in March

July 11, 2018 - 8:35 pm

A Kansas man who fatally injured his 6-month-old son has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Benny Clark, 23, of Reece, was sentenced last week for second-degree murder and child abuse in the August 2017 death of his son, Cooper.

The Emporia Gazette reports Clark pleaded guilty in March. He said he shook the boy for taking off his diaper and urinating on the bed. He also said the boy fell off the ottoman and hit his head.

Emergency help wasn't called until the boy's mother, Ashley Morris, returned home for work hours after the boy was hurt.

Cooper was flown to a Wichita hospital, where he died two days later. Testing showed the boy had a fractured skull.

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