TOPEKA, Kan. — A man accused of killing a 2-year-old Topeka boy more than 11 years ago is free after a jury acquitted him in the case.

The Shawnee County District Court jury on Thursday found 33-year-old Johnathan Davion Mango not guilty of second-degree murder in March 2006 death of Eli Clemens.

An affidavit said the boy died at a Topeka apartment from blunt force trauma to the head and abdomen.

Mango was the former fiancĂ© of Fawn Clemens Mack, the child’s mother. He testified during the trial that he was not responsible for the child’s death.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports witnesses said the youngster had fallen off a slide in a park the day before he died, perhaps injuring his head.

Mango was arrested last year in Florissant, Missouri.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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