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August 22, 2013

Ala. couple sentenced to probation in son's death


Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —

A judge has sentenced a Gardendale couple to probation after they plead guilty to negligent homicide in the death of their 16-month-old son.

Jeffrey and Rebecca Stockton pleaded guilty in their son's April 2010 death Thursday in Jefferson County Circuit Court. AL.com (http://bit.ly/16iS2RP ) reports the two were indicted on manslaughter charges when a medical examiner found that their son — who had Down's Syndrome — died of severe malnutrition.

One of the couple's attorneys, John Lentine, says he hopes the couple can move past their son's death and begin living with the rest of their children again.

Eight children were removed from the couple's house in June 2010 after the child's death was ruled a homicide.