Dismissal Sought In 7 Month Old's Death

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St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome Richards will decide whether murder charges against a Fort Drum soldier accused of killing his girlfriend's infant son will be dismissed.

Gary Mckenzie is accused in the July 16 death of 7 month old Braylin Chambers in a Hailesboro Street townhouse in Gouverneur.

Mckenzie's attorney is seeking the dismissal based on "a lack of evidence." He also cites McKenzie's actions to call 911 and perform CPR on the child.

Prosecutors say the 22 year old McKenzie forcibly tossed the infant to the floor, causing serious brain injury. The child died in a Syracuse hospital the next day after being removed from life support.

McKenzie claims he tripped and accidentally dropped the infant on his head.

A county grand jury indicted McKenzie on charges of second degree murder, second degree manslaughter, reckless assault of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child.
 

Sunday, September 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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