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Additional 10 years in prison given to man who fatally injured baby

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

POLK COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A man sentenced to five years in prison for injuring his young son in 2007 was given 10 more years behind bars Thursday because the child later died.

31-year-old Kenneth Larson, formerly of Balsam Lake, was convicted in Polk County in '08 for the child abuse that severely injured Xavier. He was one month old at the time.

The boy died in 2011, and Polk County prosecutors charged Larson again -- this time with first-degree reckless homicide. He pleaded no contest to that charge in January.

Officials said it was not a case of double jeopardy, because the death was considered a separate crime.

Besides the added prison time, Larson must spend 10 additional years under extended supervision when he leaves prison. That was on top of the five years of supervision that was ordered before.

Larson first told authorities that his son rolled off a bed -- but a doctor later testified that the infant was severely disabled. Xavier died from complications of a brain injury. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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