Man gets 20 years in South Carolina toddler death

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM

HONEA PATH, S.C. (AP) -- The boyfriend of a baby sitter watching a Honea (HUN'-ee-ah) Path toddler has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the boy's death.
 
The Anderson Independent-Mail reports that 31-year-old Joshua Babb was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to homicide by child abuse.
 
Authorities say Babb slammed 23-month-old Christopher Agnew against a door jamb in May 2011 during a fit of anger. The boy later died in surgery.
 
Prosecutors said Babb was upset his girlfriend had agreed to watch the boy for $5 and some drugs. Babb initially told investigators he was upset the boy was whining and hit his head on a door jamb accidentally.
 
The toddler's caregiver called 911 saying the child hurt his head after trying to climb out of a playpen.
 

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