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      Man pleads guilty in death of De Queen baby

      De QUEEN, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say a man charged in the beating death of his newborn son has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

      Vonderrick Smith entered the plea Monday in De Queen. The Texarkana Gazette reports (http://is.gd/lZ0uiD ) that Smith was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

      Smith was charged in the February 2011 death of his son, 1-month-old Kason Smith. Authorities say the baby suffered multiple internal injuries and died at a Dallas hospital.

      An autopsy found Kason died of blunt-force trauma and had ruptured blood vessels behind his eyes.

      Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir says the baby's relatives supported the plea deal. Smith's attorney, Darrell F. Brown Jr. , was not immediately available for comment.

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      Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com

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