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Jevon Wameling pleads guilty to manslaughter in infant son's death

Jevon Wameling has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to the death of his infant son, Levon Wameling.
Utica (WSYR-TV) - Jevon Wameling has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to the death of his infant son, Levon Wameling.

The Oneida County District Attorney's office announced the plea on Wednesday.

In exchange for his plea, Wameling was promised a sentence of seven and one half to 15 years in prison.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 20, 2014.

The District Attorney's Office says the plea is the culmination of a five-month homicide investigation that began when Wameling reported his son missing in June.

He initially told investigators that Levon had disappeared from his porch two weeks earlier on May 29.

After protracted searches in several places throughout the Utica area, the baby's remains were found in the bottom of the Mohawk River.

An autopsy revealed that Levon had a one-inch skull fracture when his body was found. The examiners did not indicate whether the skull fracture contributed to the infant’s death.

The DA's office believes the child sustained a head injury at least a week before he died.

They believe the head injury led to the child's malnourishment. They believe the malnourishment led Levon's death.

The DA's office says that Jevon Wameling never contacted emergency services when the child was injured. Nor did he call 911 when the infant died.

The DA's office says he was reckless in his care, which led to the manslaughter charge.

After he was arrested on an unrelated burglary charge, Wameling admitted to police what had occurred. He had already asked for a lawyer, however, so the admission could not be used in court.

The exchange with police did lead to the discovery of the infant's body, however.

Wameling changed his own story several weeks ago, telling a Utica Observer-Dispatch reporter that Levon died in his sleep.




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