Orem man acquitted of killing girlfriend's baby

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A jury has acquitted a 24-year-old man accused of killing his girlfriend's baby boy last year.

But the 4th District Court panel in its decision Friday convicted Christopher Thunborg of obstructing justice.

Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman says the Orem man had been charged with child abuse homicide for the March 11, 2008, death of 13-month-old Austin Pettersson.

On the witness stand, Thunborg testified that he was watching the boy for his girlfriend, 19-year-old Whitney Pettersson, when he fell to the floor and landed on top of the boy.

The medical examiner said the likely cause of death was a laceration on the boy's small intestine and a tear in his stomach caused by blunt-force


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