Gower man pleads not guilty in death of 5-month-old son

July 6, 2021 GMT

PLATTSBURG, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the death of his 5-month-old son.

Dillon Livingston, of Gower, was charged with second-degree murder and two counts of child abuse or neglect after first responders were called to his home in February because of an unresponsive child, The St. Joseph News-Press reported.

Livingston was taking care of the boy when he was injured. He initially told investigators the child was injured when he rolled off a recliner, according to court documents.

In a phone interview with the children’s division in March, Livingston admitted he handled the baby too forcefully when the child became fussy, according to the probable cause statement.