Man convicted of 2nd-degree murder in toddler’s death

November 6, 2019 GMT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man has been found guilty of second-degree murder 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. WMUR-TV reports Heath was convicted Wednesday. He faces a sentence of 35 years to life in prison.

During opening statements last week, 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.