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Tooele Couple Faces Charges in Son's Death

Tooele Couple Faces Charges in Son's Death



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TOOELE, Utah (AP) -- A couple have been charged with killing their 5-month-old son.

Kevin P. Long, 38, and his wife, Connie Jean Long, 28, are charged with one felony count of child abuse homicide and three felony counts of child abuse in the death last week of their son, Paul.

Tooele Couple Faces Charges in Son's Death

Court documents allege the couple caused the death of the baby by "reckless infliction of serious physical injury."

The charges are based on "the condition the baby was found in and statements that were made," said Dave Cundick, a Tooele County assistant attorney. An autopsy is being performed.

On Jan. 14, one of the parents called 911 and reported the baby wasn't breathing.

When police arrived, they found him dead in his crib. The couple was arrested later that day.

The Longs had been reported to the Utah Division of Child and Family Services on Dec. 9 for allegedly abusing the child. The father, Kevin Long, was on probation for drug offenses, Cundick said.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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