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August 21, 2000 12:00 AM

Sioux Falls Parent Charged In Childs Death

The unthinkable has happened again. Another KELO-LAND parent is charged with killing his child. Early this afternoon police arrested 29 year old Jeffrey Dean Debelts. He is being, charged with second degree murder in the death of his 4 month old son, Blake. Debelts' is being held in the Minnehaha county jail on a $50,000 bond Jeffrey Debelts spent an hour and half here with police on Friday after detectives learned Debelts had a hand in his son's death. Tonight Debelts is behind bars. A small white cross decorates Jeff Debelts' front lawn. Neighbors say the cross is a memorial to Debelts' four month old son. When Blake Debelts suddenly died a year and a half ago his father told police the baby "stopped breathing." An autopsy revealed nothing unusual. SIDS was listed as the probable cause of death. Today 29 year old Debelts has a different version of what took place that December night. The Sioux Falls man says his son was crying. Debelts told police he put a plastic grocery sack over the baby's head, wrapped him in a blanket and put him in his crib where little Blake, died. Debelts confessed to police after allegedly confiding to a close friend last week. Neighbors on this quiet North end street, are shocked. Debelts works at CCL Label. He is married and also had a 4 or 5 year old daughter. Is there anything "telling" in Debelt's criminal background? He's been convicted of a simple assault three years ago and disorderly conduct four years ago. Otherwise Debelts have pretty much been traffic related.

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