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Manslaughter conviction in Albany baby's death

Manslaughter conviction in Albany baby's death

Boy's mother admitted earlier to child endangerment
Manslaughter conviction in Albany baby's death
Photographer: Albany County District Attorney

ALBANY - A Troy man now faces up to 25 years in state prison after a jury found him guilty Wednesday of manslaughter in the death of a 1-year-old baby in his care, Albany County District Attorney's officials said.

David Bridges, 23, of Troy, stood trial in Albany County Court, accused of beating Luka Patrick to death at 4 South Allen St. in Albany on Feb. 6, 2017.

Bridges subjected the boy to "blunt force trauma" that caused a lacerated liver and other injuries that resulted in the boy's death, officials have said.

The jury convicted Bridges of first-degree manslaughter. He had also been indicted on one count of second-degree murder. He is to be sentenced July 20.

The boy's mother, Rebecca Patrick, 22, of Albany, was charged with child endangerment related to the physical abuse. She was accused of seeing "significant signs" of injury to the boy's buttocks in the weeks leading to his death, but failed to seek proper medical treatment, according to her indictment.

She was also accused of repeatedly leaving the boy alone in Bridges' care "after seeing him be physically aggressive" toward the boy and knowing the child repeatedly suffered injuries while left alone with Bridges.

Rebecca Patrick pleaded guilty in the case earlier to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors. She is to be sentenced later.

Attorneys Shannon Sarfoh and Jennifer McCanney prosecuted.

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