Jurors convict man in 5-year-old son's death

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Cordero Webber

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The father of a 5-month-old boy who died of blunt force head trauma in November 2011 was found guilty Thursday of manslaughter and child neglect.

Cordero Webber in the death of Cordero Webber Jr., who died after being taken to Baptist Medical Center from his home on 103rd Street on the Westside.

Jurors chose not to convict him of first-degree murder. Defense attorney Jim Hernandez said the child's mother, Kierra Monet Hayes Laird, is responsible for the abuse, but she's blaming his client to get a lesser sentence.

Laird pleaded guilty last year to child neglect charges and testified against Webber.  She will be sentenced next month.

In addition to the head trauma, the Medical Examiner found bruises on the boy's face, chest, elbow, ear and the back of his head, and five fractured ribs, according to a police report. He did not have any body fat and was malnourished, and there was no food in his bowels or stomach, according to the report.

According to the police report, the boy's parents told investigators the baby had been injured since July 2011, when he was born. They were putting ointment on his face from sores the baby received from bed bugs, though the parents wouldn't get him treatment, according to the report.

The boy's mother told police she was negligent in getting medical attention and said that when she asked her boyfriend, the boy's father, about the bruises, he would say the boy was OK, and she would not follow up further, according to the report. The report says the only medical attention sought was from the Internet and asking the boy's grandmother for advice.

Kimberly Webber, the boy's grandmother, said the parents performed CPR on the baby.

Cordero Webber will be sentenced in July. He faces 45 years in prison. Laird will be sentenced the week of June 17.

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