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Father Accused of Murdering Son

September 9, 1998

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) _ A man who served three years in prison for the 1990 shaking death of his infant daughter has been charged with killing his 1-year-old son.

Michael Vincent Allen, 28, got out of prison in 1995 and was on five years’ probation when he was arrested and jailed without bail Friday on murder charges that could bring the death penalty.

The machinist apprentice and his wife arrived at a funeral home Friday with the body of Darrell Levi Allen. An autopsy determined the child died from being beaten on the head, District Attorney Mike O’Dell said.

No charges were filed against the child’s mother, convenience store clerk Pam Allen. She was at work when Allen called her about the boy’s death, Sheriff Cecil Reed said.

Allen was charged with murder eight years ago in the death of his 9-week-old daughter from a previous marriage. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, admitting he shook the baby too hard while she was crying.

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