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November 10, 2011 09:12 AM

SD Man's Conviction Upheld In Toddler Death

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The date of the baby's death was corrected. The Associated Press first reported it happened Thanksgiving Day 2009; it took place on Thanksgiving Day 2008.

The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a Sioux Falls man's conviction for manslaughter in the killing of his girlfriend's toddler.

A jury last year convicted Christopher Fisher of first-degree manslaughter for the death of 16-month-old Preston Vensand on Thanksgiving Day 2008. Fisher is serving a 60-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors said Fisher shook the boy when the child wouldn't stop crying and autopsy results showed the boy died of head
injuries consistent with being shaken.

Fisher argued that his conviction should be overturned because police badgered a confession out of him.

The Supreme Court said the trial judge was correct to let the jury hear Fisher's confession to a police officer.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
The date of the baby's death was corrected. The Associated Press first reported it happened Thanksgiving Day 2009; it took place on Thanksgiving Day 2008.

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