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Missouri man sentenced to 15 years in prison for death of 4-month-old son


PINEVILLE, Missouri — A 20-year-old southwest Missouri man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the death of his 4-month-old son.

Tyler Waeltz of Pineville pleaded guilty Tuesday to abuse of a child resulting in death. Prosecutors say that in February he threw the boy into a playpen and onto a couch because he was angry the boy wouldn't stop crying.

The plea agreement included the recommended 15 year sentence.

The Joplin Globe reports ( ) a probable-cause affidavit says when the baby wouldn't stop crying, Waeltz first dropped him into a playpen, where he landed on his head. He later threw the baby on the couch, where his head hit a toy truck.

Two other felonies were dropped against Waeltz as part of the plea bargain.

Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

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