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Judge Rules Maine Infant's Death 39 Years Ago Was Homicide

The ruling will allow the child's father, 63-year-old Burton Hagar, to plead guilty to a manslaughter charge

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    Dad Charged With Murder 38 Years After Infant Son's Death

    A Maine man is charged with his infant son's murder, 38 years after it allegedly happened.

    (Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017)

    A judge has ruled that an infant's death 39 years ago was a homicide and not sudden infant death syndrome.

    The Portland Press Herald reports the judge's ruling Wednesday comes after new evidence found 4-month-old Nathan Hagar was likely smothered with a pillow at a Maine apartment in 1979.

    The ruling will allow the child's father, 63-year-old Burton Hagar, to plead guilty to a manslaughter charge in exchange for a 15-year sentence as part of a deal with prosecutors.

    Hagar has repeatedly admitted to his son's death, but the case against him couldn't move forward until a court determined that a crime was committed.

    Golf Ball Kills 6-Year-Old

    [NATL] Golf Ball Kills 6-Year-Old

    Community members in Orem, Utah are in shock after a freak golfing accident killed a little girl. Investigators say 6-year-old Aria Hill was sitting in a golf cart next to a tee box when her father hit a ball that struck her in the back of the head.

    (Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019)

    Hagar's attorney says he is "disappointed" in the judge's ruling due to inconsistencies in his client's statements.

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