New Hampshire

Trial Underway for NH Man Accused of Beating Death of 2-Year-Old

The trial has started for a man accused of second-degree murder charges in the death of a 2-year-old New Hampshire boy.

An autopsy showed that Jacob Pelletier, of Manchester, died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen in 2017. He was found unconscious in his family's apartment.

Mark Heath, who lives in the same apartment as Pelletier, was arrested. During opening statements Monday, prosecutors said Heath was babysitting for the child and was the only one home at the time. They said Heath became enraged when Jacob spilled food on his bed and had a messy diaper.

Heath's lawyer suggested that Pelletier's mother could have caused the fatal injuries. Heath pleaded not guilty.

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