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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A 23-year-old man who testified he would take a bullet for his family was convicted of shaking a toddler to death.
Jesse Rabadan was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday of child abuse homicide.
Public defender Doug Terry said Rabadan was doomed by a taped confession he gave police saying he shook the baby because it woke him up at 10:30 a.m. July 15, 2005.
On the stand, however, Rabadan insisted he wasn't at home when the baby died. His mother backed up his alibi. They said the mother's girlfriend was left in charge when 4-month-old Lehi Delgado died.
In closing statements, prosecutor Ryan Shaum declared Rabadan didn't take a bullet for anybody and tried everything to avoid responsibility for the toddler's death.
Information from: The Spectrum
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