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Duluth man sentenced to maximum in child's death

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DULUTH -- A Duluth man convicted of manslaughter in the death of an 11-month-old boy has been sentenced to eight years and seven months in prison. It's the maximum penalty under sentencing guidelines.

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Michael Tahtinen was found guilty last month in St. Louis County of first-degree manslaughter and malicious punishment in the 2008 death of Connor Robison. Before he was sentenced Monday, Tahtinen told the judge he loved the boy like a son and would do nothing to hurt him. The defense argued the boy suffered fatal injuries when he twice crawled over the top of a portable crib and fell to the floor.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Judge Sally Tarnowski told Tahtinen there was sufficient evidence the child did not die from injuries sustained in a fall.

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